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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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Rochester  Castle  Keep
Rochester Castle Keep
Rochester  Castle  walls  ,reflected  in  a  puddle.
Rochester Castle walls ,reflected in a puddle.
Bruce  Castle
Bruce Castle
Starkey's  Castle / 1 / Looking  east
Starkey's Castle / 1 / Looking east
Starkey's  Castle / 2 / the north range
Starkey's Castle / 2 / the north range
Pembroke  Castle  reflection  at  04.29hrs.
Pembroke Castle reflection at 04.29hrs.
A sneak  preview, from  the  woods.
A sneak preview, from the woods.
Leeds  Castle
Leeds Castle
Leeds  Castle , from  the  western  lake.
Leeds Castle , from the western lake.
Romden  Castle
Romden Castle
Castle  Bolton  has  a  commanding   view.
Castle Bolton has a commanding view.
Kirkoswald  Castle
Kirkoswald Castle
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