Castle ruins

As you know I was on holiday back home in England recently. The ruins of Bramber Castle are situated near my sister’s house. Not content with photographing the watchtower, I fell in love with the rest of the ruins too.

900 years ago, men toiled carrying heavy stones. Using muscle power, they somehow built a castle on a hill.

The watchtower was given thick walls as a defence. Its lonely eyes surveyed the countryside.

Sturdy walls overlooked golden fields with hay-filled dominoes standing sentry.

Some of the perimeter walls still stand, perfect for time travellers with imagination.

After hundreds of years, the castle was abandoned, the good stones all taken and it just fell into ruin.

Only the 24-metre tall (that’s 75 feet) watchtower remains intact. To me, it looks as if it is a stone face that is screaming.

Fanciful perhaps. But in the 1200s, the baron who owned this castle did not want to obey cruel King John.

So the King took his four children hostage, carted them off to Windsor Castle and let them starve to death.

Legend says that the four children return to their home at Bramber Castle every Christmas and their pitiful cries, begging for food, can be heard…

… if you listen carefully.

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41 responses

  1. SirPe

    Awesome pics, and such a haunting story!

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    August 16, 2010 at 19:06

  2. Wow, very cool! It looks like it could tumble over any minute.

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    August 16, 2010 at 19:13

  3. Di

    Such a very sad story. But love the tower.

    Di

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    August 16, 2010 at 19:48

  4. Your country is so full of history and legends. Some very sad, but very interesting!

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    August 16, 2010 at 20:16

  5. Lovely fluffy clouds in that last picture. King John figures in a fair few horrifying stories, unfortunately.

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    August 16, 2010 at 22:02

  6. ohhhh….the pictures are beautiful, the story haunting! “King John was not a good man….”

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    August 16, 2010 at 23:09

  7. I LOVE haunted castles.

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    August 16, 2010 at 23:35

  8. what an intriguing history…shivers at the cries…the pictures are trendous though…i would love to visit a castle…

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    August 17, 2010 at 00:16

  9. My thoughts are the same as they were when I saw your previous pictures of these ruins…..I am just so curious about how these were built at the time they were. Interesting story about the baron’s children. It adds even more intrique to the place.

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    August 17, 2010 at 01:01

  10. It is amazing to think of the work that went into building all that. And the last photo it kind of looks like a face!

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    August 17, 2010 at 03:20

  11. Great story..but kinda sad..and yes I agree the stonework is shouting something:)

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    August 17, 2010 at 04:55

  12. Fantastic history, and so very sad! What an incredible place! Coming from such a young country I am always amazed at the history going back so very many years! I’m always fascinated and this is a great example! Thank you so much for such a terrific post for the day! Oh, yes, the stonework is shouting — something! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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    August 17, 2010 at 06:41

  13. beautiful images and poignant tale

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    August 17, 2010 at 07:06

  14. A haunted ancient ruin – I’m amazed that it hasn’t crumbled. They made things to last, I guess…

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    August 17, 2010 at 07:16

  15. amazing story. the ruin is very interesting. must be a great place to visit.

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    August 17, 2010 at 07:22

  16. Very interesting.

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    August 17, 2010 at 07:59

  17. Amazing such old structures.

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    August 17, 2010 at 08:30

  18. Pity this was not kept up – could’ve been a nice old-age home today or a school. Oh, that dastardly King John.

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    August 17, 2010 at 09:41

  19. Thank you for sharing these beautiful and interesting photos

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    My WordPress Blog

    Seen om My World Tuesday

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    August 17, 2010 at 10:30

  20. Interesting history. Great shots.

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    August 17, 2010 at 11:04

  21. I love history and visiting places like this! Thank you for sharing….the photos are fab and I really enjoyed reading the story that went with them πŸ™‚

    C x

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    August 17, 2010 at 11:50

  22. so sad that they are left to decay.

    Right now, I am watching Sissinghurst castle on New Zealand TV.

    Very interesting.

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    August 17, 2010 at 12:28

  23. Don’t think I would like being there on a windy day.

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    August 17, 2010 at 12:46

  24. Gwendolyn

    This is a wonderful series of photos. I enjoyed your story. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 17, 2010 at 13:18

  25. Hi Ladyfi;) what an amazing towering wall. I keep looking to see if it will topple! Thanks for sharing this and the other walls with me, It was good to see you over at my blog again, Jo

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    August 17, 2010 at 14:45

  26. What wonderful pictures and history lesson! I love, Love, LOVE historical places like this.

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    August 17, 2010 at 16:03

  27. so intriguing.
    you bring a bit of history to me with your posts, in a way that I really really appreciate. Succinct . Honest , yet with an eye for the wonder and mystery. Thank you.

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    August 17, 2010 at 17:57

  28. Jen

    I love historical places, there is so much atmosphere around them. Sad story, and probably partially true, those were bad days for people then.

    Jen

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    August 17, 2010 at 18:37

  29. I love all our old castles – but I haven’t been to this one yet. Thanks for sharing its story.

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    August 17, 2010 at 18:39

  30. I’m thinking a castle story may be in the works!

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    August 17, 2010 at 20:06

  31. Amazin’ bits of history there. I love the pictures of the old castle. Thanks for sharin’ them with us.

    God bless ya and have a terrific day sweetie!!!

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    August 17, 2010 at 22:03

  32. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    I love old castles. When I see some of the ruins, I think I’d love to see how they were in their better days. πŸ™‚

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    August 17, 2010 at 22:27

  33. You captured my imagination with that tragic story.

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    August 18, 2010 at 03:45

  34. Beautiful. Nice and sunny too, and lovely to see the wide open space.

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    August 18, 2010 at 08:29

  35. An interesting piece of history Fi. Thanks for that. – Dave

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    August 18, 2010 at 09:52

  36. I guess King John did not take “no” for an answer, did he? When I see towers like that built so many years ago, I wonder how they did it without modern tools. It’s amazing!

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    August 18, 2010 at 17:42

  37. It just now got hot here! We’d been having a cool summer of 90 degrees, now it’s 105+!

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    August 18, 2010 at 20:56

  38. What a great experience for your kiddoes!!!!

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    August 18, 2010 at 21:07

  39. Lew

    Great images! The old stone castles are amazing, especially when built on the top of a hill.

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    August 19, 2010 at 06:16

  40. I love a photo with a story behind it. Lovely shots.

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    August 21, 2010 at 07:41

  41. JM

    The watchtower, or what’s left of it, is simply amazing!

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    August 23, 2010 at 14:26

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