Ludlow And Dudley Castle

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Ludlow And Dudley Castle

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Ludlow Caste was built around 1085. Castles built around this timewere mostly Motte and Bailey. This made a good defence but was nottypical of castle defences. Ludlow Castle was the first stone castle,which was unusual. Because of its Royal Connections a lot of money wasspent on Ludlow Castle especially on better defences.

Dudley Castle on the other hand is different and is a Motte and Baileycastle. Motte and Bailey castles are typical and were common. Later onDudley Castle was demolished and remade into a stone castle.

Dudley Castle is built on a natural hill, which is a good defencewhilst Ludlow Castle is not built on a hill but has a steep 100ftdrop. A steep drop makes it harder for the enemy to climb up orattack. This defence is not typical because no other castle will havea 100ft drop. This is an excellent choice of location and makes anideal defence.

Dudley Castle has evidence of a Motte running around because I noticeda pond and ditch like features. Ludlow Castle only had a ditch aroundthe inner bailey. We know this is not a Motte because it has a doorroom inside the ditch; this is probably where they went through tocollect the dead bodies of their enemies.

Both castles have barbicans and both castles also have high walls.Ludlow Castle has a river and so has a drawbridge. Dudley and LudlowCastle both have crenellations. Ludlow Castle also has machicolationsthis meant that it was well defended as they could throw missiles fromthe flanking towers above. The most typical thing about both castlesis that they both have a Keep, which was the most important part ofthe castle.

Most of Ludlow Castles’ defences are typical but it has a few whichare original. For example the 100ft drop. I think Ludlow’s defencesare very strong and it would be hard to conquer.



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