Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Carlisle Castle

Jim and Brett on the green outside Carlisle Castle, the border fortress

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and here on one of the staircases inside the walls.

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The castle has been rebuilt many times over the year. Here, looking at the inside of inner bailey gatehouse, you can see original gothic tracery over the gateway dating to about 1390. The walkway above the gate was added in 1545 and the windows beneath it later in the sixteenth century. The outside of this same structure though is late twelth century! Quite an accumulation of construction. The castle was in use as a regimental headquarters until 1959.

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When my sister and I were younger we used to like sitting on the cannons on the walls of the castle, so I just had to have this picture taken. Not sure why Jim was asking how to fire it though...

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