Well, it’s true, I don’t know many of the six Cambridgeshire castles that are listed in this article . Many of them disappeared very early on in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and hill forts aren’t something about which I know a great deal anyway. Poor old Cambridge Castle suffered the ignominy of having a Shire… Continue reading The outstanding exception in the “Cambridgeshire” six….!
We all love early castles. Well, we can love those from later ages, but they don’t have quite the same cachet as those wonderful old fortresses that always make us gasp when we see them. But how did they evolve? And why did they become obsolete except as tourist attractions and scenic splendours? This article… Continue reading The history of castles….
Myths abound about the medieval period, and some of them seem logical enough…yet they turn out to be untrue. One such is that spiral/newel staircases were built to be advantageous to those who use their right hand. So, as the majority of the human race is right-handed, this seemed a good, sensible idea. Yes?… Continue reading Did medieval spiral staircases swing to the left or right….?
So here is the latest video from the Legendary Ten Seconds, this time about the Mortimers and other Marcher Lords. Here are the lyrics: THE MARCHER LORDS ON THE BORDER WITH WALES WE STAND DEFENCE AND CONQUEST WE HAVE IN HAND OUR KING AND COUNTRY WE MAY SERVE THOUGH IT’S OUR OWN… Continue reading Welsh Marcher Lordships
How did this happen? Am I dreaming? Is there some sort of Time-slip? Yet here I am, somehow “transposed” from my 21st century self to a Lady-in-Waiting, helping to host a secret dinner. I cannot understand how or why it has occurred, all I know is that it is the end of February 1485, after… Continue reading Who’s coming to dinner (a guest post)
I have to admit that when I think of England’s many castles, I don’t always think of Lancashire. But this article names and features no fewer than twelve. So read and enjoy!
Sherborne is a pretty little town with a ruined castle, interesting buildings including, an abbey, and a medieval almshouse. All are well worth a visit but the 15th century almshouse is of particular note as it is still in use in its original function. As the buildings are residential, the Almshouse is not generally open… Continue reading A Medieval Almshouse–with a Hidden Treasure
Well, Richard makes it to 373 out of UK’s top 500 outstanding sites: “373: Tread in the steps of Richard III at Middleham Castle” To see the article where I found the above listing, go to this ITV article.
The above image shows Kendal Castle as it is now, but if you go to the link below, you will see an animation that takes you back to its medieval heyday. I love these reconstructions! To see more, and not simply about castles, go to The Time Travel Artist.
It seems to me that Goodrich is often overlooked when it comes to British castles, yet it is one of the most beautiful and is situated in a matchless position above the River Wye. My daughter lives not far away, here in Gloucester, and on 29th April 2019 she went to Goodrich to take some… Continue reading Goodrich, a castle in the Welsh Marches….