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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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Cardiff  Castle  walls.
Cardiff Castle walls.
Hoddom  Castle
Hoddom Castle
The  Repentance  Tower  in  a  misty  dawn.
The Repentance Tower in a misty dawn.
Lochwood  motte , amongst  the  ancient  oaks.
Lochwood motte , amongst the ancient oaks.
Lochwood  motte  from  the ancient  oaks.
Lochwood motte from the ancient oaks.
Lochwood  tower , extant  remains.
Lochwood tower , extant remains.
Lochwood  tower , information  board.
Lochwood tower , information board.
Snowdrops  on  the  motte (1)
Snowdrops on the motte (1)
Snowdrops  on  the  motte  (2)
Snowdrops on the motte (2)
Headland  at  Applegarthtown
Headland at Applegarthtown
Rockhall  Mote , looking  southwest  to  Criffel.
Rockhall Mote , looking southwest to Criffel.
Rockhall  mote ; the  rock  cut  ditch
Rockhall mote ; the rock cut ditch
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