• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Kenilworth Castle - Site Analysis********

    The Elizabethan Pleasure Gardens The magnificent pleasure gardens at Kenilworth Castle commissioned by Robert Dudley, were a true statement of Elizabethan design.

  2. Coursework: Bodium Castle

    If the attackers got past this stage they were the met with more gun shots and arrows from the main castle through arrow slits and gun loops. If the attackers got past this third stage they would try and enter the gates of the castle were three other defensive features lay hidden.

  1. Kenilworth Castle

    de Clinton built a motte and bailey on the land and formed a lake to provide better defences. 1173 Henry takes control of Kenilworth With the threat of attack from the Barons and his own sons, Henry II took control of Kenilworth Castle and defended it with a small army of men.

  2. Explain what has caused the main changes in castle design over time

    The importance of these towers is that they divided up the curtain wall into short secions which could be covered by crossfire from two sides and above, they also protected eachother. Another advantage was that if the enemy did reach the foot of the wall and forced the gateway, they

  1. How far is it possible to say when Wollaton hall was built?

    The hall's grounds are now visited and used by the general public. Wollaton hall is now the home of Nottingham's natural history collection and incorporates educational facilities as a part of the museum. The hall also has an array of industrial facilities, encouraging school visits to investigate past Tudor life and animal habitats.

  2. How far does the site of Warwick Castle and the supporting sources help you ...

    after the civil war, and there are no damages to the castle. Another part of the carving that shows us it is an impression is the fact that there is a huge forest where the river should be on the one side of the castle.

  1. History - Castles Coursework

    This is why I feel that these buildings were added later. This reinforces the fact that the castle probably became a home after it was a defensive structure. After I looked at the porters lodge, prison and stables I moved on to Mortimer's tower.

  2. Warwick castle Coursework

    The top of the mound was flat so a square wooden tower and a wooden stockade could go on top with a wooden fence or palisade surrounding it. The wooden tower was built especially for the Lord and his family to live in.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work