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Castle UK Blog Page August 2014A place where I can record and then archive my monthly updates and what's new in our hunt for castles UK.

In June we had 3 nights in Hartlepool, again looking for places we could move to but once again we leave undecided. We feel comfortable in Hartlepool but we don't find the house we are looking for, so we decide to wait until next year.

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Okehampton Castle OS 191/SX 583-942 Devon England WallpaperOkehampton Castle, OS 191/SX 583-942 Devon England.
This wallpaper for September, was taken in September 2014 on a lovely day, you look at the tower but are drawn to the information board, I'm old enough to know why but why are the opening times mid October to mid March, not the beginning of the month as now. It was 15 years since our last visit and the one picture I took with my old film camera was rubbish. So it was good to have another look round and take lots of pictures with my Lumix, how things change, I can snap this wallpaper picture without knowing it. But be careful, this tower draws blood, I banged my head coming out of the tunnel vaulted basement, one day I'll might watch where I'm going.

Okehampton Castle OS 191/SX 583-942 Devon England WallpaperOkehampton Castle, OS 191/SX 583-942 Devon England.
This wallpaper for October, was taken in September 2014 on one of the many sunny days, we had last month. The little 17th century cottage incorporates the early 14th century gate towers and guards the bridge onto a moated island. Better still it's Landmark Trust site, so you can be king and queen of this castle.

Dunster Castle OS 181/SS 991-434 Somerset England.
Is a mid to late 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William de Mohun. Nothing now remains of the stone castle, which was held by William de Mohun against Henry de Tracy in 1138. Flanked by round towers, the gateway into the Lower Ward and part of the curtain wall, flanked by a tower were probably, added by Reynold de Mohun in the mid 13th century. Rebuilt by Sir Hugh Luttrell in 1420 he added the outer gatehouse and the house was built in 1620s under William Arnold. Owned by the National Trust, the castle is open daily, mid-March to October 11:00-5:00pm. Garden and park open daily, mid March to October 10:00-5:00pm, November and December 11:00-4:00pm. This is another castle thats been on the website for many years, put on in the days when I was filling out the site, with pictures taken from old postcards and now I've visited it twice this summer (didn't go to the top of the motte first time). Along with Dunster village, it's a good day out & must be at the top of any castle hunters list.


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