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Ludlow Castle Coursework Over the years, there have been many discussions on whether or not Ludlow Castle began its life as a fortress and ended it as a palace. It is my intention to contemplate whether this interpretation is correct or not. Based on my recent visit to the castle and from various secondary sources, I will decide the stages the castle went through in the past. I will come to a conclusion- whether it be that it did indeed begin life as a fortress and end as a palace, or whether it started as a fortress and fulfilled many other roles and did not end as a palace. The battle of Hastings was in fact the reason why castles were invented William of Normandy came up with the clever idea of a castle as not only did they keep the enemy out, it was also a base for people involved in the battles. A castle in in fact a fortified building which is used for defence. Ludlow needed this as they were going into battle. The people of Ludlow had to decide where to place the castle. They had to ensure that it would be beneficial for them. ...read more.

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I have also found out that in St Mary's chapel, there used to be masses held there daily. In addition, there were many ovens in the kitchen which could suggest that there were a lot of people to cook for. No only do both of these show palatial features within the castles life, the ovens position in the kitchen, or even the kitchens position in the castle suggest that great amounts of people had previously lives in the castle. By the kitchen being far away from the Great Hall, it suggests to us that they placed it there for a reason. That reason being in-case of an emergency. I.e. Fire. If there ever was a fire in the kitchen, the Lords and Ladies in the Great Hall would not be harmed one bit as they would not have been anywhere near it. The castle contains a block of toilets. This shows that whoever did actually live in the castle, was extremely wealthy. Wealthy because they didn't want just a normal toilet, they wanted a block of them. This shows them to be wealthy and therefore adds to the palatial features in the castle. Ludlow castle also contains a solar block. ...read more.

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They have repaved pavements for health and safety reasons for both themselves and the public. Metal grids have also been added on the windows. This stops the tourists falling out and harming themselves. The current owner of the castle- Jane George Herbert, is the 8th earl of Powis. The earl of Powis who brought the castle in 1811, had a goal, an aim, a dream. This was to keep the castle in an untouched ruin. Mortimer's Tower has tow indent son the floor. It has previously been filled in for both the publics and the workers health. Over the years, Ludlow Castle has played 4 different roles. These being a fortress, a palace, an Administrative Centre and a tourist attraction. It DID NOT go through just 2 stages. "Ludlow castle began its life as a fortress and ended as a palace." This interpretation is not accurate and is incorrect. I feel that I have proven it is incorrect by identifying the specific roles that the castle undertook. I feel that the castle has kept the same style, although having numerous changes to its structure. They have managed to change the castles dangerous/hazardous points, without loosing its character. Overall, I have reinforced the fact that Ludlow Castle didn't begin its life as a fortress and end as a palace. That after that, it fulfilled 2 other roles. I feel that I have effectively done this too. ...read more.

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