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Evolution of the Castle

The evolution of the castles in the Iron Age period that arose from the walled, fortified confines of the medieval villages to ward off the invading attackers of old.

Cutaway diagram illustration of Tully Castle, Ireland. Tully Castle is a fortified house with a rectangular bawn and was built for Sir John Hume, a Scottish planter, in 1619 (now in ruins).

Tea rooms next to Battle Abbey, East Sussex Built in 1420 'The Pilgrim's Rest' was an inn near to the site of the Battle of Hastings.

Castle gatehouse - Q-files Encyclopedia

The castle's massive gatehouse was its only entrance—and it was more heavily fortified than any other part. The drawbridge over the moat, a water-filed.

BritishArchitectureBook - Harlech Castle

Castles could include a warren of houses and shops, as well as its tradional parts shown here. The houses and shop could be built against the castle walls, or if there was enough space in the center, there.

Stokesay Castle. This is the basis for the Woodhall complex. At this stage we have the watch-towers and the mediaeval hall, but laid out differently. There is no castle-like tower, but a much more modern building. I do like that Gatehouse, though!

This is the basis for the Woodhall complex. At this stage we have the watch-towers and the mediaeval hall, but laid out differently. There is no castle-like tower, but a much more modern building. I do like that Gatehouse, though!

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