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BODIAM WHICH STANDS, LIKE A CASTLE OF LEGEND, IN A POOL OF WATER LILIES

BODIAM WHICH STANDS, LIKE A CASTLE OF LEGEND, IN A POOL OF WATER LILIES

Bodiam Castle, for all its formidable towers, is really a fortified manor house rather than a fortress. The building is almost square, and the walls we see are the actual walls of a dwelling-house, not the outer line of defence or enceinte of a fort. The fine state of exterior preservation gives no hint of the utter ruin within. The castle was built about 1377 by Sir Edward Dalyngruge, whose wife's dowry included the manor of Bodiam. He erected his castle in the Rother valley, and surrounded it with a pool which was crossed by a causeway. The causeway reached an island, turned at right angles through a barbican, and ended in a drawbridge at the main gate. The castle has been presented to the nation by Marquess Curzon.

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