21.5.06

Some British Castles

Britain is strewn with ruins of castles, rubble from the centuries of her existence. Castles are tangible relics of a remarkable past, a lengthy heritage etched in stone, as well as with the blood and sweat of those who built, labored, fought, and died in their shadow. Ruins stir up in us a profound awareness of those past lives. Castles have a timelessness that is awe-inspiring. That they have endured centuries of warfare and the effects of weather is a testimony to the creativity and power of their medieval owners. How many of us will have such long-lasting success? I just thought that some folk would be interested. The top left featured here I have been to and as a matter of interest my wife’s parents’ lived close to it before moving and it is still lived in. The one below this is the Famous Edinburgh Castle from which a Military Tattoo is paraded every year and as times have changed they now show Foreign troops including Red China and the USA who have both partaken in the Tattoo. Type: enclosure Date: 11th century Built by Malcolm III. Altered many times over the centuries, and what is seen today is mostly from the 17th century. The oldest part is the Norman chapel. The castle was attacked and exchanged hands many times.Location: Edinburgh Scotland. The one below here is Bodinham Castle in Sussex which I may have visited I just can't recall now. A few more for you all to look at as I think it will be a change from my usual political rants lol. the one below is Leeds Castle. This one is Stratford Castle at Stratford on Avon, Will Shakespeare's county. Comments are most welcome and the images are courtesy of Google images.

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