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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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Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock Castle,circa 1220-1277
Caerlaverock Castle,circa 1220-1277
Caerlaverock Castle,circa 1220-1277,foundations
Caerlaverock Castle,circa 1220-1277,foundations
Caerlaverock Castle,first and second,a plan.
Caerlaverock Castle,first and second,a plan.
Lochmaben Castle,channel through the buttresses
Lochmaben Castle,channel through the buttresses
Caerlaverock Castle,nestling within it's defensive earthworks
Caerlaverock Castle,nestling within it's defensive earthworks
Caerlaverock Castle,the east range
Caerlaverock Castle,the east range
Caerlaverock Castle,viewed from the south,across the moat.
Caerlaverock Castle,viewed from the south,across the moat.
Spring beauty at Caerlaverock
Spring beauty at Caerlaverock
Hoddom Castle amid the trees,on the Hoddom Estate.
Hoddom Castle amid the trees,on the Hoddom Estate.
Hoddom Castle,in the shadow of Burnswark
Hoddom Castle,in the shadow of Burnswark
The Repentance Tower,silhouetted in the dawn.
The Repentance Tower,silhouetted in the dawn.
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