Tag Archives: Courtyard Castles

West Somerset Strongholds

Somerset’s western sector, delineated by the M5, has quite a few castles of every variety plus, as you progress further west into the county, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the most beautiful national forests you may … Continue reading

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An Odyssey of Oxfordshire’s Southern Castles

Referred to by the English as the upper Thames Valley, Oxfordshire was a mining treasure for limestone and ironstone but the original architectural remainders of the middle ages are few- among them Minster Lovell, Stanton Harcourt and the almshouses at … Continue reading

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Warwickshire’s Wonderful Medieval Walls and Watchtowers South, Part Four

South Warwickshire has two distinct areas- southeast and southwest and most of the castles are in ruins or vanished. However, impressively sized former castle sites are legendary in England and this county has many of them. Medieval historical sites help … Continue reading

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Warwickshire’s Wonderful Medieval Walls and Watchtowers North, Part Three

Warwickshire’s modern borders outline an interesting shape like that of a cornucopia from outer space. That is so apt for what you will find within its area. Google Earth does not reveal that it is surrounded by quite a few … Continue reading

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Lady Anne Clifford’s 17th Century Legacy

     Lady Anne at 56.      One of the most famous castle restorers of any century in Britain would most certainly be Lady Anne Clifford. Born into a noble inheritance on the 30th of January in 1590 at Skipton Castle in North … Continue reading

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Greater London- not Middlesex.. or is it?

                                                                                                                                                                          Don’t leave home without it!          The metropolis known today as Greater London, with its hundreds of square miles and millions of people is actually comprised of many separate cities and boroughs- each with their … Continue reading

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Castles 101, Part Two: The Evolution of Castles in England

      see Castles 101 album for large view      When the Romans invaded British soil circa 55 and 56 BC Caesar took a navigational approach but by AD 43 their occupation was in earnest and if you take a look at … Continue reading

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Northumberland is Castle Nirvana ! Part Four

      Many castles in Northumberland fit the first definition of castle according to the experts from which it has been indicated that they must be medieval. I’ve covered quite a few of those this month although certainly not all of … Continue reading

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Lively Old Leicestershire

     Within Leicestershire borders you’ll find beautiful undulating countryside, old forests- such as Charnwood, Martinshaw Woods and the relatively new National Forest Centre. In the heart of Charnwood, Beacon Hill- soaring 803 feet above the county- gives a great view … Continue reading

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Bountiful North Yorkshire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Revised July 3, 2006, with additional photos, July 12, 2006, w/ links) ( Duncombe Park photos added w/revisions April 10 & April 15, 2009 ) (revision June 7, 2015 on York and tags)       Yorkshire is the largest county containing … Continue reading

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