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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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One  of  the  many  corridors.
One of the many corridors.
The  Guests'  Wing
The Guests' Wing
St. Briavels  gatehouse.
St. Briavels gatehouse.
St.Briavels , internal buildings.
St.Briavels , internal buildings.
Part  of  the  circuit  wall, from  the  moat.
Part of the circuit wall, from the moat.
Ann  in  the  entrance.
Ann in the entrance.
St. Briavels  castle ; a  history, thereof.
St. Briavels castle ; a history, thereof.
The  new  from  within  the  old  castle.
The new from within the old castle.
Rye  Castle  also known as The Ypres Tower.
Rye Castle also known as The Ypres Tower.
Camber  Castle
Camber Castle
Matlock  Railway  Station.
Matlock Railway Station.
Grosmont  Castle / 1
Grosmont Castle / 1
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