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The appearance of Bodiam Castle is exactly how most people imagine a medieval castle should look like. But from my visit I was able to see that Bodiam had a false presence.

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Introduction

The appearance of Bodiam Castle is exactly how most people imagine a medieval castle should look like. But from my visit I was able to see that Bodiam had a false presence. Bodiam Castle is situated beside the River Rother in East Sussex. On my visit to the castle I took time looking at the flowing river which was not as I expected. The river seems to have got smaller over the years, irrigation. The river would of had to be wider in the past for boats to past. But as the years have past the river has been over grown and reduced in size. A veteran of King Edward III's wars built the castle in the late 14th century with France, originally as a coastal defence. In 1385, Sir Edward Dalyngrygge was given permission to fortify his house against invasion from France, but then decided to build a new stone castle a short distance away from the house. What can be seen today is a relatively small, picturesque building that symbolises the movement from traditional medieval castle to comfortable manor house. Bodiam is an impressive castle with seventeen towers, machicolated parapets, arrow slits and gun loops. The picture to the left enables you to see the water gate between the two towers. ...read more.

Middle

Inside decorative windows, fireplaces and ledges show the castle was used as a home for people of the time. The picture to the left is a chapel window; you can still see the artwork on the frame. The inside of the castle contained three kitchens, a great hall and the well. To the right you can see the well; the only source of clean water. On the next page cut away 1 on shows the classic medieval plan. The hall is shown furnished with stripped hangings and a tiled floor. These are both characteristics of rich interiors of the time. Cut away 2 shows a reconstruction of the inner apartments in the east range. It shows the rooms decorated with "varying richness" to reflect their importance. The pictures are from the National trust Bodiam Castle book. Source A tells me that Bodiam castle was built as a "dual purpose" castle. I would agree with this as I have seen evidence of this at the castle itself. I saw kitchens, stables and bedrooms. The source continues to say that both residences of the castle as well as the soldiers could have used these facilities. "Both the lord and his bailiff were knights... so could a solider be a steward and a castle a house". ...read more.

Conclusion

The writer could have exaggerated his biast opinion to get the readers more interested in visiting the castle today. Evidence from the National Trust booklet and from what I saw at the site I would say that there are roughly the same amount of features for both military and domestic features in the castle. Of which some are linked in some way for example, the family crests (shown on page 4) are both domestic as they show the family name of who is staying in the castle and also military as it could be the soldiers crest symbol that represents them. Another example of the features being linked is the kitchens. The military role would be that there were 3 in total as it could be they were to small to cater for all the soldiers but the domestic role would be that there were three separates kitchens for the royalty in the castle i.e. the lords then one kitchen for the soldiers and the other for the servants to cook in. Definite military features that cannot be questioned are the, arrow slits, gun loops, drawbridge, right-angled entrance, barbican, machicolations, crenellations, thick doors, drop holes, thick walls and the portcullis. The picture to the left shows the (murder) drop holes. Distinct domestic features include, decorative windows, the great hall, chivalry, chimneys, high ceilings and the fireplaces. Below is shown the high ceilings of which are decorated beautifully. Rachel Patel 11A Question One 1 ...read more.

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