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Berkhamsted castle and moat

On Tuesday. Free access English Heritage managed 11-13th century castle, right next to railway station and the Grand Union canal. Built entirley from local flintstones. Only a few miles from the National Trust Ashridge estate. Edward IV granted the castle to his mother Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, in 1469. She lived here for the remainder of her life, but after her death, the castle gradually fell into decay. In 1580, Elizabeth I leased the Manor of Berkhamsted, including the ruined castle and the deer park, for the nominal rent of one red rose to Sir Edward Carey, Keeper of the Queen’s Jewels.

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A very good picture John, and so interesting to read about the castle and moat.
John Prior: Thank you Frances
very interesting ... but those stones look so small ... how sturdy could it have been ?
John Prior: Cheers Crash
That stone work is incredible! lovely shot!
John Prior: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Nov 2011, 08:02
Wow - terrific stuff John! I have never heard of this castle before but I'm sure I have seen Pendolinos whizzing round the curve at Berkhamstead at full tilt
John Prior: It is a very busy line from Euston with the fast Virgin trains and other goods and local services every few minutes, Cheers Chris.
Looks good in the autumn sunshine John.
John Prior: Thanks Bill
very well chosen composition
John Prior: Thanks Chantal
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Nov 2011, 10:24
John Prior: Cheers Vintage
Nice place. Beautiful day!! a greeting.
John Prior: Thank you Pedro
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Nov 2011, 14:08
I enjoyed your write up on the history of the castle and park,
lovely light catching the stonework smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, the bright sunlit days make everything work well especially as the sun never gets that high at this time of year.
Looking particularly stunning in the lovely autumn landscape John
John Prior: Cheers Janet
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 17 Nov 2011, 17:36
Well the upkeep must have been jolly expensive John, especially for a pensioner.
John Prior: Very true Chad, but I suppose peasants came cheap then smile
It seems to fit quite comfortably into the countryside.
John Prior: Yes, time has made it part of the landscape, but in a way it has also protected it from development. Cheers Brian.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 18 Nov 2011, 01:48
incredible that it's still standing. wonderful varying shades of grass and superb lighting.

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