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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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Rockhall  mote , looking  across  the  bailey  to  the  motte .
Rockhall mote , looking across the bailey to the motte .
Warwick  Castle , at  the  crack  of  dawn.
Warwick Castle , at the crack of dawn.
Kenilworth  Castle  /1
Kenilworth Castle /1
Kenilworth  Castle  /2
Kenilworth Castle /2
Ann  at  the  North  Gate , Kenilworth  Castle
Ann at the North Gate , Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth  Castle  /4
Kenilworth Castle /4
Kenilworth  Castle  / 5
Kenilworth Castle / 5
The  Caretaker's  cottage
The Caretaker's cottage
Looking  along  the  inner  moat
Looking along the inner moat
Dartmouth  Castle
Dartmouth Castle
Berry  Pomeroy  Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry  Pomeroy  Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle
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