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#Motte and #Bailey - the motte is the mound upon which the castle is built and the bailey is the walled village enclosure on lower ground - this is the basic plan for most #medieval #castle layouts

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Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in England. It is situated in the town of Totnes on the River Dart in Devon. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century.

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Totnes Castle was first built as a motte and bailey castle by Judhael of Brittany shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD. It is situated on high ground in close proximity to the River Dart and overlooks Totnes town, which dates back to Saxon times.

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from castlesandmanorhouses.com

100 Best Castle Photographs

Château de Lassay, Lassay-les-Châteaux, Mayenne, France. http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/photos.htm The original castrum or castellum, built in the early years of the twelfth century, was probably in a motte and bailey castle. The present castle was classé as a monument historique in 1862 and is still a private residence.

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An aerial view of Old Sarum, Wiltshire, UK showing the motte and bailey castle and the remains of the Bishop's Palace. The Bishop's seat was transferred to nearby Salisbury in 1219 which gradually led to the decline of the Old Sarum site. When the settlement grew too big they needed to relocate so they decided to fire and arrow and where it landed they would build the new settlement, the arrow hit a deer and where the deer died they built Salisbury Cathedral

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Kenilworth Castle A reconstruction drawing of what the original Norman motte and bailey castle would have looked like.

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Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman Motte and bailey castle in England. It is situated in the town of Totnes on the River Dart in Devon. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century.

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