Bodiam Castle

near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Sir Edward Dalyngrigge built this castle in 1385 with wealth acquired from fighting in the Hundred Years War against the French.  Bodiam is a marvelously preserved example of 14th century fortification. 

In the first photograph, below, note the concrete emplacement near the base of the tree on the right.  That's a WW II fortification probably intended to protect the bridge across the river in back of me.  Had the Germans invaded during the Battle of Britain, German paratroopers would have preceded the seaborne forces to capture critical points such as bridges. 

These photographs were made in April, 2009.  Click on an image to view or download the full high-resolution photo.

Visions of Monty Python: "We can't attack here.  It's closed!"


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