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Friday, 21 July 2017

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle in East Sussex was built in 1385 for Sir Edward Dallingridge. He was a soldier, King's Knight and Member of Parliament. It was built at a time when there was a constant threat of invasion by the French and also defending his family and property from revolting peasants.










The portcullis is made of oak with iron covering. Possibly the oldest in the country.












Looking above the gate house you can still see the family coat of arms.

At the other side of the castle is the Postern gatehouse, this was the entrance for  tradespeople. Climbing to the top of the Postern tower gives a good view over the castle and its layout. The rooms on the right hand side were the Lord and Lady's apartments. This was the East side so that they would have thelight from the morning sun. On the West side of the castle were the servants quarters and kitchen.

















A garderobe(toilet). Toilets were emptied by the Gong Scourer or Gong Farmer. The job was often done by children who worked at night to clean out the pots, pits and chutes.




Fireplaces were a rare feature in 14th century buildings and were a sign of wealth. Sir Edward had 33 built into the walls of his castle.





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Look how thick the castle walls were








Archeaological excavations have discovered that the chapel window had colourful stained glass.
Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

21 comments:

  1. even vicariously, I could sense the aged ghosts.

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  2. An amazing place. And it's still standing after seven centuries. It looks like it could go for another seven. :-)

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  3. Herd of it bey never been there, another on the list to visit

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  4. Actually, I cleaned bathrooms at night in office buildings while young! A gong farmer, I!

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  5. So many fireplaces and no doubt many servants to look after the fires but they never had the pleasure of a home with central heating.

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  6. Such a very neat place. How did you get the shots looking down into the center? Did you climb a tower?

    We welcomed a new granddaughter today, our youngest daughter's first child. So that makes three granddaughters total.

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  7. Great place to visit but it gives the impression of having been cold and drafty even in it's heyday..

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  8. Thanks for visiting! It looks peaceful right now, but according to your story, defensive forts were necessary. The portcullis look interesting but also grim. Poor children had to work at night:( Well, it seems the revolting peasants are here again:)

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  9. Cool old castle, and in pretty good shape too!

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  10. You could take wonderful pictures ! I have seen it only from outside so it's interesting to me !

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  11. Interesting pictures of the castle with some great reflections!

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  12. A great castle, thanks for the interesting history.

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  13. Bodiam is one of our favourite castles - very fairy-tale from the outside. You've got some great shots there!

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  14. From the first photo it almost looks as if it is intact. Not hard at all to imagine it in its heyday. I never though about fireplaces not being present in castles at one time. Wonder how they cooked. Outdoors I guess.

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  15. beautiful post. from the first few photos it really looks intact.

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  16. Love the portcullis. That is so definitely a great feature.

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  17. great reflections. The old castle seem to have "wet feet". I wonder what it would have felt like living there in those times.

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  18. What an interesting place! So much history. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  19. I love Bodiam. It is a part of my childhood as is so much of this area of the UK

    Mollyx

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  20. Lovely pics. I always smile when I hear the phrase revolting peasants. I'm sure both meanings work lol

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  21. Interesting pictures of the castle with some great reflections!


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