Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA, UK

Photograph Details: Nikon D7000 Focal length 18mm ISO-100 exp: 1/125 f11

This castle is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. It’s list entry Number is 1044134 and it is found in the sleepy town of Bodiam in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England. The castle is of grade I status and was first listed on 3rd August 1961

Below is what the list entry states about Bodiam Castle:

This building is an example of the latest period of military architecture of the Middle Ages. It was built by Sir Edward Dalingridge in the years following 1385, when he was given a licence to crenellate.

The castle is built of sandstone ashlar quarried at Wadhurst. It takes the form of a hollow court-yard set in a wide moat. It is of 2 storeys with a castellated parapet over.
At the four corners are round towers of 3 storeys similarly embattled-and with vices containing the stairways. In the centre of the south, east and west sides are projecting square towers similarly embattled, the south one with machicolation below the parapet. This tower contained the postern gate which had a drawbridge across the moat. In the centre of the north side are two similarly projecting square towers with a recessed portion between and on each side, and-machicolation over the whole.

Four centred archway with portcullis. This was the main entrance of the- castle and drawbridge across the moat. Loop windows, some with pointed heads. The hall and kitchen were on the south side of the internal court-yard, the living rooms on the east side, but most of the buildings behind the outer walls are now ruinous.

The castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family in 1470. It was partly dismantled during the Civil War. It was bought by Lord Curzon in 1917, restored in 1919 and bequeathed by him to the National Trust in 1925. Ancient Monument.

Photograph Details: Nikon D7000 Focal length 18mm ISO-100 exp: 1/15 f11

So as you can see, this is a building of history and neglect. It is most certainly worth a visit, even if you live nearby. If you live abroad, and are in the South of England it is most definitely worth a visit!

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