Another of my favourite places to visit in Jersey, CI is Mont Orgueil castle (also known as Gorey Castle) in the village of Gorey in the parish St. Martin. It is a magnificent structure built as a strong hold. I took this when I met up with friend and fellow Redbubbler Karen Millard.
“The castle was the primary defence of the Island until the development of gunpowder which then rendered the castle ultimately indefensible from Mont Saint Nicholas, the adjacent hill which overlooks the castle, which is from where I took this shot. The construction of Elizabeth Castle off Saint Helier was commenced at the end of 16th century to replace Mont Orgueil. Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey in 1600, rejected a plan to demolish the old castle in order to recycle the stone for the new fortifications with the words: “’twere pity to cast it down”.
Mont Orgueil, which is French for “Mount Pride”, has guarded Jersey’s east coast since the 13th century. The old castle continued to be used as the Island’s only prison until the construction of a prison in St. Helier at the end of the 17th century. Individuals deemed troublesome agitators by the Crown such as William Prynne and John Lilburne were sent to Mont Orgueil, far from the realm of England.
A report for the States of Jersey in 1691 declared that the barracks accommodation was so dilapidated that it was impossible to quarter troops there. Two years later, the castle was stated to be in a ruinous condition and subsequently was abandoned as a prison. This was because Elizabeth Castle had been built and the castle was neglected and not needed anymore."
This is a HDR image combining 3 bracketed images using Photomatix Pro for Macs.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS Zoom lens (Focal length 40mm)
1/40, 1/100, 1/250
Eposure Bias -1.33, 0, 1.33