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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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Lympne  Castle
Lympne Castle
Stowting  motte
Stowting motte
Stowting  castle  fishponds
Stowting castle fishponds
Colchester  Castle  reflected.
Colchester Castle reflected.
Tonbridge  Castle, the  Water  Tower.
Tonbridge Castle, the Water Tower.
Tonbridge  Castle  Motte
Tonbridge Castle Motte
Tonbridge  Castle , the  Gatehouse
Tonbridge Castle , the Gatehouse
Carlisle  Castle, beneath  Millenium  Bridge.
Carlisle Castle, beneath Millenium Bridge.
Carlisle  City  Walls  tower.
Carlisle City Walls tower.
Carlisle  Castle, showing  old  City  Walls.
Carlisle Castle, showing old City Walls.
Staunton - on - Arrow  motte , with  church , adjacent.
Staunton - on - Arrow motte , with church , adjacent.
Aberystwyth  Castle  ruins. / 1
Aberystwyth Castle ruins. / 1
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