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