Bodiam Castle

08 May 2017

Region: South East

A&H Visit to Bodiam Castle, Kent  March 2017 - Archetypal 14th century moated castle.

Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, Bodiam Castle is in the village of Roberstsbridge, in East Sussex.  Now run by the National Trust, it is a popular tourist attraction, due mainly to its picturesque architecture and splendid moat, complete with very large carp.


On some special days, there are many entertainers dressed in the appropriate garments of the day, Knights, maids, jesters etc, including this charming lady dressed as "Midwife Sarah".


The interior is now a ruin but the layout still shows us where the main rooms were situated, including the Great Hall and Chambers, etc. The day we visited was a  bright day with a blue sky, which allowed me to take advantage of the subtitle light that played on the stonework, or reflected in the old well.

The Well House or Bath Room 


The Lord’s Hall, separating the Kitchen and Pantry 


Remains of the North Wall


Although I do enjoy the architecture, I felt the light was giving me an opportunity to explore some much needed practice in ‘light & shade’.

Article and photographs © David Balaam


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