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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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Denham Castle,as it may have looked,when in use.
Denham Castle,as it may have looked,when in use.
Denham  Castle, the  moat.
Denham Castle, the moat.
Denham Castle,moat and rampart.
Denham Castle,moat and rampart.
Denham Castle,looking towards the motte.
Denham Castle,looking towards the motte.
Chipping Ongar Castle and village
Chipping Ongar Castle and village
Chipping Ongar Castle;the moat
Chipping Ongar Castle;the moat
Eynsford Castle,the interior range
Eynsford Castle,the interior range
Cooling Castle,the gateway
Cooling Castle,the gateway
Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle
Cooling Castle,SE tower
Cooling Castle,SE tower
Cooling Castle gateway,through the trees.
Cooling Castle gateway,through the trees.
Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle
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