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How useful is a visit to the site when explaining the origins and development of Nottingham Castle in 1066-1550?

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History Coursework How useful is a visit to the site when explaining the origins and development of Nottingham Castle in 1066-1550? The castle now looks as if it is now a place for tourism. Many of the original walls and buildings have been either taken away, destroyed or are hard to find. From where the original foundations were there are now; a playground, shop, museum and mansion house. Also there are gardens which are taking up a lot of the original space. From a distance the castle itself looks like a mansion on a hill will parts of a wall surrounding it. Fro the front of the castle the gatehouse is still standing but now has been converted into a shop. It still has its arrow slits and drawbridge. While walking around the castle grounds there are some of the original ruins. The castle itself is placed on top of the highest hill in Nottingham. This was done as a defensive and strategic reason. The castle had a view of the whole of Nottingham and the River Trent. This was good because it meant that no attackers could easily get to the castle without being spotted and the River Trent was the only way into Nottingham using boat. ...read more.

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Coming to a conclusion on the origins I think that the castle itself isn't very useful for it but with sources and general knowledge some thing s can be found out. However the site is useful for finding out about the development of the castle. There are some of the ruins left and some parts of the castle have been restored. From knowledge I know that the castle would have been originally build of wood but then changed to stone during the years for defensive reasons. The gate house is a good example of development. I know it would have been made of wood first off and now it's fully stone with arrow slits, portcullis and a drawbridge. There are some sources that indicate that there was changes were made around the castle. Source B is the expenditures on the castle during 1171 and 1185 during Henry II reign. It shows that a lot was spent on the castle and a lot of changes made during that time. Concluding everything I think that the castle site is more useful for finding out how the castle has developed then its origins. ...read more.

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The source also says that that King Richard will be making a tower also. Source G is also a good source because it is a plan of how the castle looked. The castle at the moment isn't good to check because most of the original buildings have totally gone. So this is the next thing to look at how the castle would have looked like because it is the only real remaining plan of it left from the castles time. P W Dixon and D Taylor built the model castle and they were from the Nottingham University so they would have researched on the plan and other sources so that they would get an accurate interpretation of how the real castle looked like. Coming to a conclusion I think that the model is a good interpretation of the castle during the 1500s. The two people who built it would have researched into every detail and made sure that it was as close to the real thing as it could be. However from looking around the site now it would be hard to see how the castle was like the model but looking at sources and plans of how the castle looked it all fits into place and so do the remaining original buildings ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephen Wilson ...read more.

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