Guildford Castle

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    Guildford Castle is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William the Conqueror. In the early 12th century, King Henry I founded the stone castle when adding a polygonal shell keep to the motte. In the 1130s, a two storey square keep, was built on the slope of the motte, flanking the shell keep and an outer bailey added, encased by a ditch. In the 13th century, King Henry III ordered many improvements to the domestic buildings and the outer bailey was extend, flanked by a new gatehouse. In the 14th century, the royal residence in the outer bailey, known has The Palace and was detached from the castle, by a palisade and ditch. By 1379, all the castle had fallen into disrepair, except for the king's great chamber and the great tower, which continued to be the county gaol.
    In 1611 the castle was bought by a Guildford merchant, Francis Carter, who attempted to convert the keep into a private residence. This proved unsuccessful, and in 1630 the roof and floors were removed. In 1885 the ruins were bought by Guildford Borough Council who turned the castle into a park.

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    1. CotswoldPhoto 87 months ago | reply

      You dun it again Nick. Congrats.

    2. Guildford Ghost 87 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot - the use of the lens here shows a far wider expanse of the gardens than you usually see in this very familiar view of my workplace (yep, I run the castle keep).

    3. scullywho 87 months ago | reply

      Wow! beaut pic.

    4. ... Arjun 87 months ago | reply

      Stunning capture.

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    7. NatashaP 87 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image!

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    8. nick.garrod 87 months ago | reply

      Thank you all for the invitations and comments.

    9. AwayFromDC 87 months ago | reply

      great capture!

    10. adrians_art 87 months ago | reply

      Wonderful scene, I haven't been there for years!

    11. Iryna (SF Bay) 87 months ago | reply

      excellent composition, what a great photo!

    12. Nino H 87 months ago | reply

      Nice HDR and wonderful colors

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    13. Orient Sea 87 months ago | reply

      Fantastic colors and details! Beautiful composition!

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    14. d.macqueen [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      Marvellous, it's like all the lines in the picture are in a spiral formation around the keep.
      Nice one

    15. John Godwin [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      Nice man, I live just a few minutes form here, you've captured a great atmospheric shot.

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    17. * * Amanda * * 69 months ago | reply

      Great shot of the castle, well done.
      I live just outside Guildford and haven't as yet gone in with my camera, I am hoping to soon

    18. Alan Fife 33 months ago | reply

      Great work Nick, just superb.

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