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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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Clun  Castle  ruins
Clun Castle ruins
Clun  Castle  in  stark  shadow.
Clun Castle in stark shadow.
Clun Castle.
Clun Castle.
Clun Bowling Green,with Clun Castle behind.
Clun Bowling Green,with Clun Castle behind.
Clun castle earthworks
Clun castle earthworks
The  northern  ascent  to  Cefn-llys  castle. 1
The northern ascent to Cefn-llys castle. 1
Cefn-llys  castle 1 , northern  boundary, looking  east.
Cefn-llys castle 1 , northern boundary, looking east.
Cefn-llys  castle 1 , northern  boundary, looking  east.(2)
Cefn-llys castle 1 , northern boundary, looking east.(2)
Cefn-llys castle 1 , view across the motte .
Cefn-llys castle 1 , view across the motte .
Looking  north along the summit, from the rock-cut ditch.
Looking north along the summit, from the rock-cut ditch.
Cefn-llys 2 ; the  panorama  looking  north  east.
Cefn-llys 2 ; the panorama looking north east.
Cefn-llys  castle 2 ; the motte .
Cefn-llys castle 2 ; the motte .
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