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Rye 7. Camber Castle

Rebuilt on a shingle bank by Henry VIII to guard the port of Rye. During the civil war the height of the walls and towers were reduced and filled to make it undefendable. The heavy canon were removed to defend Rye and prevent the town falling into royalist hands, as it was feared that the port could be used to land sympathetic Catholic troops. It is now more than a mile inland on the edge of the nature reserve that covers this stretch of coast. About a three mile walk from the free car park by the harbour.

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  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 16 Sep 2010, 00:46
This must have been an impressive castle...actually it still is.
John Prior: Thanks Sidney, yes it is, looks good from the air.
  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 16 Sep 2010, 00:59
Impressive structure, amazing actually what they built back in the day.
John Prior: Thanks Leanne, yes they must have had to work a lot harder than we do.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2010, 08:24
It looks as if it has been ground down by the elements over the years John
John Prior: Thanks Chris, yes a bit like my teeth.
Lovely!!! And built by the father of my favourite Queen!! It must have been quite an impressive structure, before it got dilapidated. Love the soft colours here.
John Prior: Thank you Marion, It would have been in it's heyday in Elizabeth's reign, right up to the English civil war. The weaponry would not have changed much over that period.
I have not been to Rye but will certainly go there after your photograph.
John Prior: Thanks Chad, I'm gradually working around that stretch of coast, Dungeness next. Thought I'd give the BBC a run for their money smile
A lovely part of the world but I haven't been to the castle...my loss!
John Prior: Thanks Bill worth a visit but quite a long walk there and back - as my wife kept reminding me smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 16 Sep 2010, 14:43
The presence of sheep around ancient structures never ceases to amaze me. You really should publish a calendar.
John Prior: Thank you Sherri
Still a fine building John.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, yes still feels really sturdy, managed by English Heritage.
Wonderful image, John, and interesting history. (:o)
John Prior: Thank you Rosalyn, a peek inside on Friday.
I hear something new every day about Henry V111, I enjoy the history about his daughter, so learn more about him in the process smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, yes some of the most interesting English history.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2010, 20:22
so it's been left to the sheep now, eh? such a lovely image.
John Prior: Thanks Otto, they keep the grass down smile
Complete with local residents I see. Even after Cromwell knocked it about a bit it still looks a massively strong building.
John Prior: Thanks Les, yes still very robust.
There was a heck of a lot of damage done during and after the Civil War wasn't there, such a pity.

Lovely picture though.

I do like the 'fresh' colours of your pictures, you use a Sony don't you? They do seem to have inherited the Minolta 'feel' for colour.
John Prior: Thank you, yes a lot of Minolta DNA in Sony DSLRS, although that's beginning to change, I was a long time Minolta user and lost the faith when they failed to produce a dslr for such a long time, moving to Canon. I was impressed by the A100 and knocked out by the A900. I've always liked the colour from Minolta lenses, glad I hung on to all of mine smile

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