By Linda Lee
Even if a variety of forms of fortification existed good earlier than the Norman invasion and lots of sleek 'Stately Homes' are frequently known as such, this e-book explores 30 of the nations surviving constructions thought of to be 'true castles'. equipped among the 11th and 17th centuries once they signified strength and standing, those fortifications lie on the very middle of Britain's historical past. The purpose-built south coast defences of Henry VIII are a bit an anomaly, yet examples of those are integrated for his or her range. every one article contains a color picture, an old review, and a knowledge panel containing starting occasions, grid reference, deal with, cellphone quantity, and website information (where applicable).
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Extra resources for Castles of Great Britain: Volume 1 (The Heritage Trail Explores)
Despite numerous alterations carried out during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some of the bastions have been left untouched. E eal is yet another example of a fort that was never really tested in its intended role. Before the onset of the Civil War, the castle had already begun to show signs of serious decay, and some repairs were probably carried out during the 1630s. All three of Henry’s coastal forts were beseiged in the Civil War, and subsequently some further repairs were undertaken, but Deal never again engaged in military action.
Henry III was responsible for not only finishing his father’s work, but renovating, rebuilding and reinforcing the splendid castle. He completed the group of towers now known as the Norfolk Towers, extended the outer curtain wall, containing twenty individual towers, and constructed the resplendent Constable’s Gate. By this time Dover Castle had reached its full potential as an impregnable fortress and a palatial residence. P uilt to replace the former entrance, the Constable’s Gate comprises a cluster of round towers, varying in size, with spur bases dropping deep into the ditch ensuring that angles of attack were covered.
T O riginally, entry was gained via an eastern gatehouse across a wooden bridge, or possibly even a drawbridge over a moat 51 (now dry). However, the present entrance to Middleham Castle is through a three-storey, northern gatehouse with a passageway at ground level. Confronted by such an elaborate structure, with huge wooden gates and a grand portcullis, it must have given a splendid impression of wealth and power. 8m), is still quite imposing. It is no longer possible to clamber up the original stone staircase as this was destroyed, but the top of the Keep is accessible from the modern steps in the south-east corner.
Castles of Great Britain: Volume 1 (The Heritage Trail Explores) by Linda Lee