We didn't need defensible so much by that stage not that these islands were ever much good at castles and city walls.
Not good at castles? We talking about the nation that girdled Wales with a ring of state of the art military instillations? Or- to leap forward in time- strung artillery forts (again state of the art) along the south coast?
I mean more the sort to keep enemies out rather than those to frighten the locals- those are all obsolete by big Henry's time! Henry's coastal forts were an old fashioned joke. Upnor castle anyone?
I love how incongruous the lifering is on the final shot. ^_^ There's definitely a Bizarro cartoon in there.
It makes a nice splash of colour too.
I wonder whether they would have used brick 10-20 years later. It was pretty peaceful, domestically, in the 1440s. It got more nutso in the 50s, early 60s, and of course 1469-1471.
Artillery wasn't much to write home about in those times, though, if you're talking about gunpowder artillery.
That would have worked well, though, as defense against your ordinary and more local band of brigands.
I'm fascinated by how close Herstmonceux is to the houses of the Tudor period. It's only a step- a tiny step- from this to Hampton Court- but there are 70 years between them. I guess development in the arts- including architecture- was put on hold while York and Lancaster slugged it out.
It used to be an astronomical observatory. Back in the late 80s, my then boyfriend had friends who worked there as astronomers and lived in a scruffy little cottage in the grounds. We spent a magical weekend with them. The guy had his own telescope and we set it up in the grounds and got some tremendous views of the moon and several planets. We also got a tour around the castle itself on the Sunday before it was open. Very fond memories. I love that part of Sussex.
After the astronomers moved out the castle narrowly escaped being turned into a hotel with golf course attached. It's now a study centre and belongs to a Canadian University.
Interesting that, by the 15th, they were already building faux castles.
Why brick? Was there simply a dearth of locally available stone?
No, I think it was just that brick was trendy.
The photos are beautiful. I'd like to be there.Edited at 2016-05-12 06:54 pm (UTC)