Bodiam Castle

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Our fellow train travellers arriving at the entrance

Location

Bodiam Castle is situated located 7 km east of Robertsbridge, east Sussex.

Visitors who like to arrive in style can take the stream train operated by the Kent & East Sussex railway in Tenderden. It is a 55 minute ride though very beautiful landscapes. The first train leaves Tenterden station at 10.40 a.m and the last train departs from Bodiam station at 4.20 p.m. From Bodiam station to the castle is a 400 m walk. The less romantic souls can of course go by car. The advantage of travelling by car is that you don’t arrive at the same time as the other visitors.

 

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History

Bodiam Castle was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385. As a knight, he fought in France during the Hundred Years’ War. Although his wife was rich, he obtained most of his wealth by pillaging French villages.

Upon his return from France in 1377, he petitioned for a license to fortify his wife’s manor, but he built a castle instead. The license was granted by the king through the mediation of the Earl of Arundel.

After the Dalyngrigges the castle was owned by the Lewknor family. Lord Thanet became the new owner in the 17th century, but he had to sell the Bodiam Castle to pay for fines imposed on him by Parliament. As a result the castle was dismantled.

 

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The castle

Bodiam castle is a square castle, entirely surrounded by a moat. There used to be two entrances: the Postern gate which was connected to the southern bank of the moat by a drawbridge and an entrance on the northern bank which is still used today.

With a circular tower at each corner and a square tower at the centre of the east, west and south walls, the stronghold would have made a powerful impression on its visitors and possible attackers. Each of the towers was two storeys high; the northern gatehouse was even three levels high.

Unfortunately the interior of the castle has been destroyed. However the walls remained intact and give us an idea of the layout of the castle. On the south, there were the Great hall, the kitchen and the living quarters; the pantry, the buttery and the entrance to the kitchen were situated on the west and the chapel was located on the east side.

 

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Postern Gate

 

Visiting Bodiam Castle

The castle is owned by the National Trust. This means that members don’t pay an entrance fee and that they are eligible to reductions on public transport.

Non-members pay an entrance fee of £ 4.10 for a child and £ 8.20 for an adult.

The National Trust provides some “entertainment”.  In one of the rooms next to the entrance, you can watch a video about the history of the building. Actors invite children to play with the same toys their counterparts played with during the Middle Ages. Adults can listen to stories about all aspects of daily life back then.

 

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Note on the photos

Because these are photos of a castle, I tried to evoke the Middle Ages by using presets. For most of the photos I used Trey Ratcliff’s presets for Lightroom and OnOne presets and filters.

I discovered I don’t like the architectural preset provided by OnOne. This means my search for architectural presets continuous.

Do you have any suggestions?

 

More information about Bodiam Castle is available via this link.

If you like to discover more photos of Bodiam Castle, please follow this link.

 

Disclaimer: I own the copyright to all photos in this post.

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