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CASTLES

We tend to glamourise castles,as having been fun places to live.Mostly,pre-16th century,that wasn't the case.When William and his Norman hordes invaded and took over England,they threw up motte and bailey castles everywhere they went.Firstly,because they were relatively quick to construct,and secondly,because they had to,as they(The Normans) weren't exactly welcome.Castles,in Britain,started as "castellum" or a fortified place.A secure holding in times of strife.As times changed so did requirements,and thus castles changed.Some were fortified all the more,some abandoned altogether,some were remodelled into mansions.More often than not as they were abandoned ,stone robbing took place,leaving only the earthworks,in the form of mounds and ditches,for future generations to ponder over.A large number of castles,in England and Wales,exist now ,only in name,with modern farming methods having removed them from extant existance.Lots are visible now only from aerial photography.And yet,they all helped to fashion the land as we see it today.
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_England
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Bonshaw  Tower
Bonshaw Tower
Castell  Nanhyfer ,a  collapsed  tower, now  overgrown.
Castell Nanhyfer ,a collapsed tower, now overgrown.
Bridgenorth  castle
Bridgenorth castle
Pan  Pudding  Hill ,motte and bailey castle
Pan Pudding Hill ,motte and bailey castle
More  castle  motte
More castle motte
Cefn-llys  castles
Cefn-llys castles
The  rocky  knoll  upon  which  was  built  Cefn-Llys  castle  1.
The rocky knoll upon which was built Cefn-Llys castle 1.
Summit  remains   of  Cefn-llys  2nd  castle.
Summit remains of Cefn-llys 2nd castle.
The  overgrown  motte  at  Bleddfa.
The overgrown motte at Bleddfa.
Brompton  Mill  castle  mound
Brompton Mill castle mound
Corfham  Castle ,display board
Corfham Castle ,display board
Corfham  Castle / 1
Corfham Castle / 1
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