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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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Carew  Castle  in  early  morning  sunshine.
Carew Castle in early morning sunshine.
Kingswear  Castle , with the paddle  steamer Kingswear  Castle  passing.
Kingswear Castle , with the paddle steamer "Kingswear Castle " passing.
Spofforth  village  and  castle  information  board.
Spofforth village and castle information board.
Spofforth  Castle  ruins.
Spofforth Castle ruins.
Spofforth  Castle / 2
Spofforth Castle / 2
Spofforth  Castle  Informatiion  Board.
Spofforth Castle Informatiion Board.
Spofforth  Castle
Spofforth Castle
Spofforth  Castle  ruins.
Spofforth Castle ruins.
Knaresborough  Castle  : The  main  gate
Knaresborough Castle : The main gate
Knaresborough  Castle  ruins
Knaresborough Castle ruins
Knaresborough : The  castle  gardens
Knaresborough : The castle gardens
Knaresborough  Castle  ruins, above  the  gorge.
Knaresborough Castle ruins, above the gorge.
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