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Castle UK Blog Page December 2014This is the place where I record and then archive my monthly updates and what's new in our hunt for castles UK.

Of this months palace and castles, 1 is from Greater London and 4 are from Kent.

In June it was back to work and busy on the website. Its been nice to get some hot weather and we managed to get some jobs done in the garden. Well we could even sit outside on an evening but people clicking on the site as also slowed down, with everybody enjoying the sun. I'm busy working out a little castle hunting trip for later in July, going back up north to Northumberland to find some castles, bastles and towers, plus we've booked a couple of nights at Langley Castle Hotel. Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few medieval fortified Castle Hotels in England. The South-west twelve Garderobes tower, four on each floor, is on a monumental scale, each having a pointed arch to the recess, in which are stone corbels to carry the seats, the shafts discharged into a pit, through which a stream of water could be diverted to flush it clean. They are perhaps the finest remaining examples of this type and style of architecture in Europe, so hopefully there will be room for everyone and we will be able to get a look in. I think I better put the castle on the site, I've some pictures taken in November 2003 when I walked up the drive, so I'll get busy, oh no the suns shining again maybe I'll do it tomorrow.
Happy hunting, Chris.

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WallpaperHastings Castle, OS 199/TQ 821-094 Sussex England, is this months wallpaper.
The picture was taken in February 2005 and I was lucky enough to get snow but boy it was cold on that hill. Taken from the motte, it shows the Collegiate Church of St Mary-in-the-Castle, with the pier and the new town in the background.
 CastleCorra Castle, OS 84/NX 866-661 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is an early 17th century stone fortified rectangular farmhouse or stronghouse, which was possibly built on an earlier site. Of two storeys and an attic and originally encased by a moat, its plain walls are built on a boulder plinth. There is a tradition that Mary, Queen of Scots, slept at the Castle. The site is visible from the road, with a good view, not a lot to see and it looks more like a bastle, than a castle to me.
 TowerDrumcoltran Tower, OS 84/NX 869-683 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is a mid 16th century stone L-plan tower house, founded by Edward Maxwell. Of three storeys and a garret, the stair-wing is crowned by a caphouse and originally to the north, was a walled barmkin. With a vaulted basement and a first floor hall, the entrance and an upper corbelled-out stair-turret, are in the re-entrant angle. The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open daily, April to September 9:30-5:30pm, October to March 9:30-4:30pm. Great tower, with a good view from the top, not to be missed.
 HouseKirkconnel House, OS 84/NX 979-680 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, was originally a 14th century stone fortified manor house, founded by the Kirkconnel family. In the 16th century, the Maxwell family founded the rectangular four storey tower house. The vaulted basement is lit by crosslet shot-holes and with the addition of a 17th century stair-wing crowned by a caphouse, the tower is now L-plan. The site is a private residence, with no public access and the view from the road is restricted. Not a lot to see or say here, which is a pity.
 HouseBalvaird Castle, OS 58/NO 170-115 Perthshire Scotland.
Is a late 15th century stone L plan tower house and courtyard fortress, founded by Sir Andrew Murray. Of three storeys and an attic, there is an extra storey in the wing and the square stair-tower in the re-entrant angle, is crowned by a two storey caphouse and watch-chamber. In 1567, a two storey gatehouse range with a large room over the entrance passage, was added to the north-east angle of the barmkin.
The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is freely accessible in daylight hours. This early morning sunlit castle was a great start to the day, with a 5 minute walk from the car park to build the excitement of the hunt, it won't let you down.
 HouseLochleven Castle, OS 58/NO 137-018 Kinross-shire Scotland.
Was originally a late 13th century enclosure fortress, possibly founded by King Edward I. Standing in Loch Leven, from the beginning of the 14th century a stout polygonal stone curtain wall, completely encased Castle Island. During the Wars of Independence with England, Sir William Wallace is reputed to have captured the castle and in 1313, King Robert I stayed here. In the early 14th century a rectangular four storey tower house, with the entrance and hall on the second floor was added.
The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open daily, April to September 9:30-5:30pm, October 9:30-4:30pm. To take a boat and follow in the footsteps of King Robert Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots, is more than enough reason to hunt this one down.

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