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Nottingham Castle Q2

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Introduction

The model by P.W. Dixon and D. Tylor is a representation of how Nottingham Castle might have looked on 1500s. The side of this model approximately is 4ft length and 3ft width. The reconstruction of Nottingham Castle is based in the underground History of Nottingham, part of the castle museum. The model is glazed and it is representation of the medieval castle. This reconstruction of the castle is made from different materials by the staff and students from University of Nottingham and it is now in the castle museum as part of an exhibition on the story of Nottingham. When we were visiting the castle there were things that we can see on the model and also on the site. As we walked along the first thing that you could see is the gatehouse. On the model of Nottingham Castle the gate house looks much bigger than it is now. ...read more.

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But unfortunately it is not that big as it was. On the model the outer bailey is much bigger than is now so parts of the park must in medieval times have belonged to the castle. Also there was some animals in the outer bailey on the model. Now, I think, there will not be a place for any animals, because the castle has lots of visitors and the animals will be afraid of people and maybe can attack people. The outer bailey has also been renovated. In medieval times here probably would have been animals grazing so the model could be accurate. The middle bailey is now called the castle green and is typical of a motte and bailey castle. It was made from bunter stone, it's 130ft high. This height was natural it meant that they didn't have to build it, it was already that high. ...read more.

Conclusion

The outer bailey walls, there are still some bits of that but not as it looks on the model. The model seems to be an accurate representation of castles in general in 1500s. He have got every features that medieval castles have. The high towers to see if there is any danger around coming and it has got the outer, middle and inner baileys, the gatehouse and roofed passageway and the middle bailey bridge. The model was build by staff and students from University of Nottingham Archeology department and it is likely that they would have tried to make it as accurate as possible. But they might also have put features on it to appeal to the public because it is part of a tourist attraction. But I think this model is really important to show other people how this castle might have looked and for me it would be much more interesting if the castle would look the same as it is shown on the model. ...read more.

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