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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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A splash of colour.
A splash of colour.
The  Norman  motte , circa 1095AD.
The Norman motte , circa 1095AD.
Carlton   motte  / 1
Carlton motte / 1
Carlton  motte  / 2
Carlton motte / 2
Carlton : village  description.
Carlton : village description.
Carlton  motte : Domesday  Book  entry.
Carlton motte : Domesday Book entry.
Tinnis  Castle  mound  and  field  gate.
Tinnis Castle mound and field gate.
Tinnis  Castle  mound.
Tinnis Castle mound.
Walmer Castle
Walmer Castle
The  remains  of  Castle  Lindsay , upon  it's  motte.
The remains of Castle Lindsay , upon it's motte.
Castle Lindsay , looking  south  west.
Castle Lindsay , looking south west.
Rochester  Castle  walls  and  keep.
Rochester Castle walls and keep.
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