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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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Great Easton,the motte
Great Easton,the motte
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle,an aerial view
Lochmaben Castle,an aerial view
Cooling Castle
Cooling Castle
Lochmaben Castle,to show how high are the remains.
Lochmaben Castle,to show how high are the remains.
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle
Lochmaben Castle,interior buildings,remains thereof
Lochmaben Castle,interior buildings,remains thereof
Lochmaben  Castle , interior , looking  northwest.
Lochmaben Castle , interior , looking northwest.
Torthorwald Castle:a plan of the visible remains.
Torthorwald Castle:a plan of the visible remains.
Torthorwald Castle,silhouetted against the afternoon sun
Torthorwald Castle,silhouetted against the afternoon sun
Torthorwald Castle,ruined keep, looking east.
Torthorwald Castle,ruined keep, looking east.
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