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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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Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle,the slighted north tower
Hadleigh Castle,the slighted north tower
Framlingham Castle,the Wallwalk,East range
Framlingham Castle,the Wallwalk,East range
Framlingham Castle,the wall walk,looking East.
Framlingham Castle,the wall walk,looking East.
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle,the courtyard
Framlingham Castle,the courtyard
Framlingham  Castle  and The  Mere  at  dawn.
Framlingham Castle and The Mere at dawn.
The sun rising over The Mere
The sun rising over The Mere
The rising sun,reflecting in The Mere / 2
The rising sun,reflecting in The Mere / 2
Clun  Castle
Clun Castle
Clun  Castle  in  a  misty  dawn.
Clun Castle in a misty dawn.
Clun  Castle  at  dawn.
Clun Castle at dawn.
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