Castles in the air

My sister lives near Bramber, a quaint cobble-stoned village near the rolling downs of West Sussex (that’s in southern England for those of you who don’t know).

Apart from its old houses, Bramber is famous for the ruins of its castle, Bramber Castle, that once stood proud and strong more than 900 years ago.

I wonder if the watchtower saw such impossibly blue skies the day it was finished.

And was it the guardian of the hopes and dreams of the people who gazed up at similar lilac clouds as they tilled the golden fields below?

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45 responses

  1. That is very cool. Is that a tree growing on top?

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    July 29, 2010 at 21:58

    • Yes, a tree – all the way up there, where the air is thin and clear!

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      July 29, 2010 at 22:11

  2. I love it! How much history it has seen! Marvelous capture as always and as always, I love your description of your photos they’re like reading a story and are delightful! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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    July 29, 2010 at 22:28

  3. Can you climb to the top, Fi? It looks so rickety! I love the second photos with the fairy tale clouds.

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    July 29, 2010 at 22:38

    • No, you can’t get to the top. It is actually very thick and sturdy… but old. Over 900 years old.

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      July 29, 2010 at 22:39

  4. It looks very cool.

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    July 29, 2010 at 22:54

  5. That is beautiful. It still stands proud and I can just imagine that the countryside looked much the same 900 years ago.

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    July 29, 2010 at 22:57

  6. great shots…i wonder what stories it could tell…how many lives it watched in its years…

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    July 29, 2010 at 23:20

  7. What a hope providing entry of yours. Surely a place that is breathing history. Thank you for this much needed escape in the middle of the night.

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    July 29, 2010 at 23:36

  8. Lots of history those remains have seen. I’d like to think that the people who built it loved the skies as much as you do. I’m sure of it!

    I’m glad you are sharing some of your vacation shots.

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    July 30, 2010 at 00:05

  9. AL

    That’s watch tower is a witness to everything which had happened in the past. I love it’s texture!

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    July 30, 2010 at 01:53

  10. A wonderful capture! What a story that watchtower could tell…

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    July 30, 2010 at 03:54

  11. the girl from cherry blossom street

    Over 900 years old? Wow – if watchtowers could talk!
    How tall is this watchtower? I am fascinated with ruins 🙂

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    July 30, 2010 at 04:42

    • It’s 75 feet (24 metres) high. So very tall indeed!

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      July 30, 2010 at 08:23

  12. Something so old.
    Great shots.

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    July 30, 2010 at 04:50

  13. Do you miss living in the U.K.? I enjoyed visiting my friend Vickie from Iver, in Bucks, this May.

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    July 30, 2010 at 05:43

  14. Fascinating ruins!
    Lovely skies Lady Fi.
    Happy SWF weekend.

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    July 30, 2010 at 05:47

  15. I love to look at old structures – mostly fireplaces all alone here – and wonder at the family that gathered there and the very first night they spent in their new house. I can imagine what a great feat it must have been to carve a home out of the earth and its elements. And a castle, no less. How many were impacted by its presence its inhabitants?

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    July 30, 2010 at 06:37

  16. The essence of an English summer – ancient ruins in pastoral surroundings and a perfect sky to cover them.

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    July 30, 2010 at 07:31

  17. I love visiting old buildings…I always think about what they must have been like in their hey day!

    C x

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    July 30, 2010 at 08:06

  18. Very cool! I love old ruins like this!

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    July 30, 2010 at 08:54

  19. wonderful captures

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    July 30, 2010 at 09:14

  20. lilalia

    Amazing. What a wonderful name for a town, Bramber. Love it.

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    July 30, 2010 at 10:29

  21. Pam

    Beautiful and poetic. I see Mother nature planted a seed at the pinnacle, how profound…

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    July 30, 2010 at 12:23

  22. Think of the number of people who called it “home” – or maybe “work” – over the centuries… Was it destroyed in the Civil War?

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    July 30, 2010 at 12:39

  23. Such an historic sky. The stone structures remind me of the zen practice of stacking pebbles—– they just don’t look like they should stand!

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    July 30, 2010 at 13:30

  24. Very interesting structure. I bet it will stand yet another 100 years. You country is filled with history!

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    July 30, 2010 at 13:38

  25. so unbelievable really.

    and I imagine standing there and hearing all the voices, laughter, clanking, clinking and music…

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    July 30, 2010 at 14:19

  26. Ruins, old buildings and their fascinating histories are some of the wonders of living in the UK. Beautiful shots.

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    July 30, 2010 at 14:35

  27. This is interesting, I wonder if it`s possible to climb on it..hehe.
    Like your pictures very much. Wish you a blessed weekend:-)

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    July 30, 2010 at 14:43

  28. Fascinating to imagine the history there.

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    July 30, 2010 at 15:17

  29. “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

    How right Shelley was.

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    July 30, 2010 at 16:32

  30. it is so cool to imagine how it looked 900 years ago!!! AMAZING!

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    July 30, 2010 at 17:19

  31. I love these photos, they are so marvelous! I love visiting ruins too.

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    July 30, 2010 at 18:26

  32. An amazing piece of history here.

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    July 30, 2010 at 19:16

  33. That’s a tower looks like very skinny I wonder if people can still get up in there. Very beautiful shots and thanks for sharing!

    SWF~Fiery

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    July 30, 2010 at 19:47

  34. LadyFi: That is a very cool wall left standing, oh the stories it could tell.

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    July 30, 2010 at 20:28

  35. I just love your depth of history. we get excited if a palce is 150 years old. Nice shots.

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    July 30, 2010 at 20:32

  36. How did the rock get there?

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    July 31, 2010 at 10:06

  37. Wow! Not much left of it, is there?

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    July 31, 2010 at 21:45

  38. Monumental!! Great photos…

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    July 31, 2010 at 23:47

  39. Cool, it looks very tall..The little tree on top has quite a view:)

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    August 1, 2010 at 04:00

  40. It does make you wonder how it looked back in its glory days. Amazing that this is still standing.

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    August 4, 2010 at 01:48

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