Monday, March 16, 2015

Sept 2013: Visiting Hadleigh Castle in the Essex Marshes

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a lovely little bridge…i finished my lecture at Colchester and then while coming back, decided to take a detour to see Hadleigh Castle. 

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Parked the car and then walked down this little lane

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passing lovely rolling Essex landscapes on the left and right

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and I reach the entrance gate…no cost to enter the castle.

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a little mound with couple of footpaths. 

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and the Thames flood plain opens up

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And the remains of the castle show up.

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not much left but the grass is well kept. 

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some houses in the distance above a field.

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tiny signs show what these little ruins are for..the Barbican is here. You cannot recognise it at all.

this is how it looked like way back…


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looking back the way i came

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the tower is calling me out. 

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can you see the refinery in the distance? 

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oh! hello…there’s a train line as well. 

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And you can see my office in the distance, as well as the Shard…

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the barbican

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the tower is an octagonal tower, 3 stories high

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another tower, well, just the remnants of it are on the other side, you can see the walls, couple of arrow slits and that’s it.

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back to this main tower.

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huge cracks running up and down…not long before this also collapses in a heap, eh?

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you can make out the octagonal shape.

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I move down the slope

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Some ruined walls leaning drunkenly over.

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Another train heading into London..

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this castle is a popular backdrop for paintings down the ages. See here?

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Even Constable got into the act…you can see the plains flooded.

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the top of the castle tower…

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and the tower from the other side.

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against the sun….

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walking back up the embankment.

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zooming into the refinery and port…pretty industrial…which makes it looks pretty shocking compared to the pretty plains surrounding it. 

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and another train…

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some more views of the lovely countryside as I got for a walk. Its truly amazingly beautiful, lovely walk around for couple of miles.

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very polite notice that they will be doing improvements…

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Samaritans??? here????

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back on the trail…

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and reaching the castle now.

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its really beautiful

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A castle fit for a King…this castle commanded the river entrance and entry into London, so pretty important

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doubtful look…tiny walls and stubby remains…not really much to say

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another view of the lovely rolling countryside.



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they used to melt lead here….

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the sunset highlights the ruins..

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I reach the kitchen.., can I have a steak please?

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i was hoping to have a cuppa tea but it was closed :(



and here are two panoramic views of the castle and the flood plains, not much to see now, but strangely good..very nice.

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