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. Explain why Hedingham Castle was built in this location and style

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1. Explain why Hedingham Castle was built in this location and style. Hedingham Castle was effective as a defensive structure for many reasons that were clearly taken into account when being built, and its location was a vital aspect to be considered whence doing this. Hedingham Castle was erected on a high lying area of land. This gave the inhabitants a great advantage. This made the residents an easy view of the surrounding area, and it would have been quite problematic for any attackers to approach the castle unseen. This put the defenders one step ahead of the invaders, which was crucial in such an important time. I could see this when visiting the castle and going to the highest authorized room for tourists. The whole of the surrounding area was visible from the windows. The castle at Hedingham was the only one in the surrounding area. This was quite an effective defensive mechanism. The castle would have therefore seemed far more intimidating to anyone entering the area in which it is located. ...read more.

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It was taller, which, in additional to being situated on a hill, made it a lot easier to see far. And stone was, of course, the most protective kind of material to build a castle from, compared with wood, which could have been easily broken or burnt down. From my visit to Hedingham I noted the walls were approximately ten feet thick. It was necessary for walls to be of such a great thickness to protect the castle from the most modern weapons of the time, such as the trebuchet or the mangonel, which a motte and bailey could previously not withstand. There were many exterior properties of the castle that aided in defending the castle effectively. For example, the crenulations, which assisted in protecting the guards at the top of castle. And the windows, which are narrow on the outside but, increase in size inside the castle. This allows for archers to shoot with ease at anyone who may be outside the castle, but prevents any attacking arrows to get inside the castle. ...read more.

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Location was mainly a prominent issue for defensive reasons, but placing Hedingham Castle on top of a hill had a great influence on the residents surrounding the castle. They would all know how expensive a structure like Hedingham Castle could cost. This would have shown how rich and powerful the owners of Hedingham were. Also, if any important visitors happened to come to Hedingham Castle they would be equally impressed even before entering the building to see its extravagant interior. Mainly the interior and style was most important for when the castle wasn't under siege. This can be seen when visiting the castle. There are many extravagant and richly coloured cloths and furnishings laid out in large, striking rooms throughout the castle. The main room for instance, would have been used for, what are known as today as, town meetings. Because of this the room encompasses extraordinary decorations carved into the stone, high ceilings and impressive furniture, to stir those who attended the meetings. But practically, the room was large, so to fit many people in it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rachel Hooper History Coursework 10G ...read more.

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