Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Bodiam Castle in England

Bodiam Castle is what you might call a perfect medieval castle. Its shape is quadrangular. There is a tower at each end of the wall. It is surrounded by a moat. Bodiam castle appears like you can not access it. It was built to deter attacks and not withstand a siege. The walls are not very thick. An attack would have destroyed the castle.

There are two gatehouses at the castle. There is a gatehouse at the north end and one at the south end of the castle. Both gates have complicated drawbridges that are raised at night and during the time of unrest.

During the Hundred Years War between England and France is when Bodiam Castle was built. The English were expecting to get invaded from the south coast, so they built the Bodiam Castle. The castle was never attacked.

After the Middle Ages Bodiam Castle fell into ruins. Local builders took some of the stones for other projects.

Lord Curzon obtained the castle, and he restored it. Today Bodiam Castle is a beautiful place. Visitors can walk on top of most of the walls and to into all of the towers.

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Sources and credits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodiam-castle Picture courtesy of Pixabay.