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Guildford Castle

Guildford Castle started out as a Norman motte and bailey castle, built soon after 1066.

As the only royal castle in Surrey it became the centre for administration and justice, with the keep converted to use as the county gaol. The royal apartments were moved to a palace in the bailey below, which under Henry III became one of the most luxurious royal residences in England.

After Henry III's death in 1272 the castle fell into decline, and the palace buildings were allowed to fall into ruin. Guildford merchant, Francis Carter bought the castle in 1611 and attempted to convert the keep into a private residence. This proved unsuccessful, the roof and floors were subsequently removed in 1630.

Guildford Borough Council bought the ruins in 1885 & turned the castle into a park.



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Did you use HDR on this? It's a wonderful image. Thanks for sharing the historical data as well. Smile Amanda
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#1 Mon August 11, 2008 1:49am

Hi Amanda, thank you and you are welcome.

No it is not an HDR image, just used a little Photoshop magic Wink, I am glad that you like it.


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#2 Mon August 11, 2008 7:37am

It is an amazing looking ruin. Nice shot of it. Viv
#3 Mon August 11, 2008 9:45am

I didn't even know Guildford had a castle! Nice shot there Smile
#4 Mon August 11, 2008 12:58pm

Thankyou Viv.

Yes Chris, its not a bad looking castle for its age. The grounds are well kept. There are alot more photographable angles, but I only had time for one as I walked past.


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#5 Tue August 12, 2008 8:00pm

I love it Jen. I actually drove passed the castle yesterday, but didnt get any shots. The saturation on this is amazing and I love the framing of the ruins. Thanks for sharing it.
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#6 Wed August 13, 2008 7:48am

Thank you Jacqui


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#7 Wed August 13, 2008 9:06am

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