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Me­dieval Bo­diam Cas­tle is one of Bri­tain’s most pho­to­genic an­cient mon­u­ments, says Justin Minns

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Bo­diam Cas­tle in sus­sex is a pho­to­genic treat, says Justin minns

With its tow­ers, im­pos­ing gatehouse, bat­tle­ments, portcullis and bridges­panned moat, Bo­diam Cas­tle is the epit­ome of a me­dieval cas­tle – a chil­dren’s fairy­tale brought to life. The cas­tle was built in 1385 by Sir Ed­ward Dallingridge (once a knight of Ed­ward III) to de­fend the area against French in­va­sion dur­ing the Hun­dred Years’ War. But fol­low­ing the English Civil War it was partly dis­man­tled and left to fall into ruin, its ivy-cov­ered bat­tle­ments be­com­ing an early tourist at­trac­tion. In 1829 it was bought by John Fuller who par­tially re­stored it. It was later in­her­ited by his nephew, be­fore be­ing sold again to Ge­orge Cu­bitt (later Lord Ash­combe), and then on to Lord Cur­zon. In 1925 the build­ing was do­nated to the Na­tional Trust and is one of Bri­tain’s most pho­to­genic mon­u­ments.

Fo­liage is used to frame the view across the moat to Bo­diam Cas­tle

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