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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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Morton  Castle
Morton Castle
Morton  Castle  reflected  in  Morton  Loch.
Morton Castle reflected in Morton Loch.
Morton  Castle  above  Morton  Loch.
Morton Castle above Morton Loch.
Castell - y - Bere
Castell - y - Bere
Knucklas  Castle  ruins , looking  north  to  Lloiney
Knucklas Castle ruins , looking north to Lloiney
A  5ft  high  wooden  tooth    W.H.Y.?
A 5ft high wooden tooth W.H.Y.?
Tomen  Ddreiniog
Tomen Ddreiniog
Castell Prysor
Castell Prysor
Laugharne  Castle  reflected  in  the high  tide.
Laugharne Castle reflected in the high tide.
Lewes  Castle
Lewes Castle
Range  Castle , a uni-vallate  hill fort.
Range Castle , a uni-vallate hill fort.
Just  sailing  along .
Just sailing along .
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