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Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important aspect of the castle’s design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam.
Possession of Bodiam Castle passed through several generations of Dalyngrigges, until their line became extinct, when the castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family. During the Wars of the Roses, Sir Thomas Lewknor supported the House of Lancaster, and when Richard III of the House of York became king in 1483, a force was despatched to besiege Bodiam Castle. It is unrecorded whether the siege went ahead, but it is thought that Bodiam was surrendered without much resistance. The castle was confiscated, but returned to the Lewknors when Henry VII of the House of Lancaster became king in 1485. Descendants of the Lewknors owned the castle until at least the 16th century.
By the start of the English Civil War in 1641, Bodiam Castle was in the possession of John Tufton. He supported the Royalist cause, and sold the castle to help pay fines levied against him by Parliament. The castle was subsequently dismantled, and was left as a picturesque ruin until its purchase by John Fuller in 1829. Under his auspices, the castle was partially restored before being sold to George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and later to Lord Curzon, both of whom undertook further restoration work. The castle is protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. It has been owned by The National Trust since 1925, donated by Lord Curzon on his death, and is open to the public.





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I started my working life in a press agency called Central Press Photos. After learning my trade in Fleet Street, I moved into more commercial and architectual work. I have also spent many a saturday chasing from one wedding to another. These days I photograph anything that takes my eye.

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  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 3 years ago

    Great image, Geoff.

  • Many thanks Sue :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 3 years ago

    A lovely capture and treatment dear Geoff.x

  • Thanks Catherine :-)x

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 3 years ago

    A fantastic capture of Bodium Geoff.

  • Cheers Don :-)

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    What a stunning capture of this beautiful castle! Perfect reflection and lighting! Wow!

  • Many thanks Angie..! Glad you like it :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the banner Ray.

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 3 years ago

    Magical shot Geoff!

  • Hi Bob, thanks mate..!

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  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 3 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 14/10/11

  • Many thanks for the feature and the banner Dave..!

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice Geoff

  • Thanks Hertsman

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  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 3 years ago

  • Hi Kasia, many thanks for the much appreciated feature and the banner :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

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