Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who received permission from the King to build a crenelated castle on the site and there is a great deal of debate over the reasons why it was built. The majority think that it was built to reflect Sir Edward's wealth and power in the County and not for military reasons; it was built to reflect his new found standing.
Anyway, whatever the reasons and though it is now a ruin, it is visited by nearly 200,000 people per year and is very photographed because of its setting in the moat.
|South side showing the postern gate. There was bridge over the moat here.|
|East side - the arched chapel window is to the right.|
|North side and entrance to the castle.|
|Hoping for food or just breathing?|
The views were amazing -
|Looking down into the central courtyard -|
|... and into the distance - note the 'Oast' in the distant left|
|Not a Kentish 'Oast' as it is in West Sussex!!|
|The Great Hall|
What a great time I had and on the way out I passed this more modern piece of
|A pill box built in 1940|
I came home from Kent via Cambridge for a family get together which was great fun topped off by my younger son saying that he was taking my grandson to see this at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens. So I tagged along!
|The Titan Arum|