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Good Morning Everyone,

Being unable to travel around i these uncertain times has certainly provided opportunities for revisiting places locked in our archives.

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This is the little known Whittington Castle reputed to be the only castle in Britain that is owned and operated by its local community.

Though it has a long history, dating back to just after the Norman Conquest, there is evidence that a Saxon settlement existed close by the site.

It had a very chequered history, being further fortified as it was so close to the Welsh Border and passing between different families.

By the end of the 14th century it was declared to be in ruins!

The most striking feature of the castle is the large gatehouse towers, joined to the High Street by a footbridge across a broad moat. Within the Inner Bailey are remains of a great hall, stone keep, castle well, and a dovecote. The entire site is surrounded by extensive earthworks.

Despite its ruinous state, it really is a lovely location and the local villagers have worked hard to add garden areas.

Sometimes, luck can be in your favour, when you are photographing and people in bright clothes walk into the scene!

I will add a workshop showing the gate house more closely.

Thank you for your interest. Keep safe, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7702 W: 333 N: 17755] (70209)
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