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Ludlow And Dudley Castle - How far would you consider Ludlow's Castle defences typical of castle defences in the 11th - 14th Centuries?

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Sirrvet Bukhari 11W Ludlow And Dudley Castle Coursework Task: How far would you consider Ludlow's Castle defences typical of castle defences in the 11th - 14th Centuries? Ludlow Caste was built around 1085. Castles built around this time were mostly Motte and Bailey. This made a good defence but was not typical of castle defences. Ludlow Castle was the first stone castle, which was unusual. Because of its Royal Connections a lot of money was spent on Ludlow Castle especially on better defences. Dudley Castle on the other hand is different and is a Motte and Bailey castle. Motte and Bailey castles are typical and were common. Later on Dudley Castle was demolished and remade into a stone castle. Dudley Castle is built on a natural hill, which is a good defence whilst Ludlow Castle is not built on a hill but has a steep 100ft drop. A steep drop makes it harder for the enemy to climb up or attack. This defence is not typical because no other castle will have a 100ft drop. This is an excellent choice of location and makes an ideal defence. Dudley Castle has evidence of a Motte running around because I noticed a pond and ditch like features. Ludlow Castle only had a ditch around the inner bailey. ...read more.

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Everything inside was symmetrical apart from one window, which is converted. This may have connected to the other building that also has a window, which, is now blocked off. (See picture) In conclusion we could reconstruct the building but we cold not construct all of it, as we would need other sources to construct parts of the chapel. I think that there is no or not enough evidence to restructure from just the physical evidence. Part C How valuable were the ruins (physical evidence) in comparison to other sources in helping you decide what this building was like. Explain your answer fully The ruins of the chapel were very valuable and can show some pieces of information that aren't included in other sources. For example we can tell that the Chapel was built around 1066 -1100s (11th-12th century) because it has rounded arched doors and windows and it also had dogtooth carving. But in the Castle guidebook, which is a good source, it reads, "The date of the chapel at Ludlow is uncertain". I think that sources like the castle guides were more useful because the guides tell us information that we wouldn't know by just looking at the physical evidence. For example we cannot tell what the roof of the chapel looks like by just looking at the physical evidence. ...read more.

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If ruins were not preserved in the first place we wouldn't have known that they even existed. We can learn a lot of information by just observing the ruins. History books and websites are also important to because they give us background information on what the ruins are all about. If the ruins were not preserved they will be no evidence left for the future citizens that the history books are correct. This could lead to people may not believing that castles once existed. Castles also need to be preserved because many people still visit these ruins and it is interesting to see that these buildings were once used for royal families. The castle holds a lot of events e.g. Shakespeare's plays and sporting events, this attracts many tourists. If the ruins were to be destroyed then no one would be able to make the same castle and a remarkable building would be lost. However if the castle ruins were destroyed then there could be more room for houses and homelessness could be resolved as the castle ruin does take up a lot of space. Factories and schools could also be made there to make use of the land. But demolishing the huge castle would need a lot of money. If we don't preserve the castle we wouldn't be able to experience it and we could not visualise it. Pictures and drawings are not the same and seeing it yourself is a very memorable experience. ...read more.

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