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"Motte: Unveiling the Ancient Strongholds of England" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world castles scattered across England

Background imageMotte Collection: Pickering Castle J850151

Pickering Castle J850151
PICKERING CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Reconstruction of castle in the early 13th century. Wooden keep & walls replaced by stone

Background imageMotte Collection: Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle, 1628 (early 20th century)

Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle, 1628 (early 20th century). Armand Jean Duplessis, Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), French prelate and statesman

Background imageMotte Collection: Old Sarum J030098

Old Sarum J030098
OLD SARUM, Wiltshire. Distant aerial view reconstruction drawing of William the Conqueror receiving the barons in 1086, by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageMotte Collection: Duffus Castle

Duffus Castle, one of the finest examples of a motte castle in Scotland dating from around 1150, original seat of the Moray family, near Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMotte Collection: Okehampton Castle K981215

Okehampton Castle K981215
OKEHAMPTON CASTLE, Devon. Motte and remains of keep & bailey buildings

Background imageMotte Collection: Pickering Castle J850150

Pickering Castle J850150
PICKERING CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Reconstruction drawing showing how the first wooden motte and bailey castle may have appeared in the early 12th century, by Ivan Lapper

Background imageMotte Collection: Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)

Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)
XJF451336 Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Norman motte and bailey castle)

Background imageMotte Collection: Restormel Castle J950171

Restormel Castle J950171
RESTORMEL CASTLE, Cornwall. " Birds eye view of motte and bailey castle ". Reconstruction drawing of the castle in the 14th century by Terry Ball (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower J970194

Cliffords Tower J970194
CLIFFORDs TOWER, York, North Yorkshire. Burning of the Wooden Tower in 1190. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team). clifford

Background imageMotte Collection: Totnes Castle J940484

Totnes Castle J940484
TOTNES CASTLE, Devon. Reconstruction drawing by Alan Sorrell of the castle as it might have appeared in the 14th century

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower J920592

Cliffords Tower J920592
CLIFFORDs TOWER, YORK CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Reconstruction drawing of the tower and curtain walls c. 1200 by Terry Ball (English Heritage Graphics Team). clifford

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower K980216

Cliffords Tower K980216
CLIFFORDs TOWER, York, North Yorkshire. View of the tower and the entrance steps showing the mound covered in daffodils during Spring. clifford

Background imageMotte Collection: Restormel Castle K010870

Restormel Castle K010870
RESTORMEL CASTLE, Cornwall. View from the South West

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower K980218

Cliffords Tower K980218
CLIFFORDs TOWER, York, North Yorkshire. View of the tower showing the mound covered in daffodils during Spring. clifford

Background imageMotte Collection: Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset. A former motte and bailey castle, it is now a country house. Date: 20th century

Background imageMotte Collection: Totnes Castle K981658

Totnes Castle K981658
TOTNES CASTLE, Devon. View along street towards castle

Background imageMotte Collection: View of motte and bailey castle on limestone outcrop, Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire

View of motte and bailey castle on limestone outcrop, Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, august

Background imageMotte Collection: Picture No. 10741229

Picture No. 10741229
Carisbrooke Castle, a historic motte-and-bailey castle, village of Carisbrooke, near Newport, Isle of Wight Date:

Background imageMotte Collection: Pickering Castle J890155

Pickering Castle J890155
PICKERING CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Motte and bailey (wooden castle). Reconstruction drawing by Simon Hayfield

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower, York 1926 EPW016071

Cliffords Tower, York 1926 EPW016071
CLIFFORDs TOWER, York, North Yorkshire. An aerial view taken in 1926 showing the castle area occupied by the nineteenth century prison

Background imageMotte Collection: Durham Castle, a motte and bailey structure, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Durham Castle, a motte and bailey structure, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMotte Collection: Totnes Castle K981474

Totnes Castle K981474
TOTNES CASTLE, Devon. View of the motte and bailey castle from the town

Background imageMotte Collection: Dover Castle N070122

Dover Castle N070122
DOVER CASTLE, Kent. Aerial view

Background imageMotte Collection: Old Sarum J030102

Old Sarum J030102
OLD SARUM, Wiltshire. Aerial view reconstruction drawing of the gatehouse and cutaway of the hall and courtyard palace in 1140, by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower J920591

Cliffords Tower J920591
CLIFFORDs TOWER, YORK CASTLE, North Yorkshire. A reconstruction drawing of the motte, bailey & early timber buildings; late 11th century built on the orders of William I

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower

Cliffords Tower
Grade I listed castle keep in York, North Yorkshire. IoE 462999

Background imageMotte Collection: Oxford Castel C16th ?

Oxford Castel C16th ?
Plan of the motte and bailey castle of William the Conqueror showing the ditch, surrounding houses & their gardens, the Session House & St Georges Tower & the keep

Background imageMotte Collection: Restormel Castle DP221082

Restormel Castle DP221082
Restormel Castle, Restormel, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. General view of castle with gatehouse, view from the west

Background imageMotte Collection: The Bride of Belus (La fiancee de Belus), 1885

The Bride of Belus (La fiancee de Belus), 1885. Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageMotte Collection: Europe, United Kingdom, Wales, Cardiff, Cardiff castle, the Norman keep and motte

Europe, United Kingdom, Wales, Cardiff, Cardiff castle, the Norman keep and motte, Welsh flag flying

Background imageMotte Collection: Illustrations for Faust: Faust in the prison of Marguerite, 1828. Creator: Eugene Delacroix

Illustrations for Faust: Faust in the prison of Marguerite, 1828. Creator: Eugene Delacroix
Illustrations for Faust: Faust in the prison of Marguerite, 1828

Background imageMotte Collection: Trojan Horse, 1874

Trojan Horse, 1874. Private Collection

Background imageMotte Collection: Helmsley Castle J870640

Helmsley Castle J870640
HELMSLEY CASTLE, North Yorkshire. Reconstrution drawing showing original timber buildings in early 12th century by Simon Hayfield

Background imageMotte Collection: Clun Bowling Club PLA01_06_0016

Clun Bowling Club PLA01_06_0016
Clun Bowling Club, Castle Street, Clun, Shropshire. The bowling green of Clun Bowling Club seen from the ruins of Clun Castle to the north-west

Background imageMotte Collection: Marshwood Castle 33789_048

Marshwood Castle 33789_048
Marshwood Castle, Dorset, 2019

Background imageMotte Collection: Chanstone North Tump 33226_016

Chanstone North Tump 33226_016
Chanstone, Vowchurch, Herefordshire. Earthwork remains of a motte castle, 2016. SO3635

Background imageMotte Collection: Cothill Tump 33225_044

Cothill Tump 33225_044
Cothill Tump, Turnastone, Herefordshire. A motte castle, 2016

Background imageMotte Collection: Nant-y-bar 33224_024

Nant-y-bar 33224_024
Nant-y-bar, Dorstone, Herefordshire. Motte castle, 2016

Background imageMotte Collection: Cliffords Tower and Castle Museum 28954_011

Cliffords Tower and Castle Museum 28954_011
Cliffords Tower and the Castle Museum, York, 2017. SE6051

Background imageMotte Collection: Scarborough Castle 28956_021

Scarborough Castle 28956_021
Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire, 2017. TA0589

Background imageMotte Collection: Alstoe Moot 28715_049

Alstoe Moot 28715_049
Alstoe Moot and Alsthorpe, Rutland. Alstoe Moot and part of Alsthorpe deserted medieval village, 2015. SK8912

Background imageMotte Collection: Au Temps Des Aieux

Au Temps Des Aieux
This painting, translated as In The Time Of Our Ancestors, depicts a series of figures, including an armoured knight standing amongst a pair of horses and a dog

Background imageMotte Collection: England, Northumberland, Warkworth Castle

England, Northumberland, Warkworth Castle. Warkworth Castle (English Heritage), a magnificent 12th century stone motte and bailey fortress, and surrounding snow covered landscape on a winter morning

Background imageMotte Collection: Duke Conan flees from Dol with Duke William's knights in pursuit

Duke Conan flees from Dol with Duke William's knights in pursuit, Bayeux Tapestry (wool embroidery on linen)
XIR181083 Duke Conan flees from Dol with Duke William's knights in pursuit, Bayeux Tapestry (wool embroidery on linen) by English School, (11th century); Musee de la Tapisserie, Bayeux

Background imageMotte Collection: Old Sarum (oil on canvas)

Old Sarum (oil on canvas)
STC468906 Old Sarum (oil on canvas) by Constable, John (1776-1837); Private Collection; (add.info.: Old Sarum in Salisbury)

Background imageMotte Collection: Normans construct fortifications at Hastings, Bayeux Tapestry (wool embroidery on linen)

Normans construct fortifications at Hastings, Bayeux Tapestry (wool embroidery on linen)
XIR183137 Normans construct fortifications at Hastings, Bayeux Tapestry (wool embroidery on linen) by Unknown Artist, (11th century); Musee de la Tapisserie, Bayeux

Background imageMotte Collection: Fan depicting characters involved in the Affaire du Collier, 1786 (w / c on paper)

Fan depicting characters involved in the Affaire du Collier, 1786 (w / c on paper)
XIR158176 Fan depicting characters involved in the Affaire du Collier, 1786 (w/c on paper) by French School, (18th century); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageMotte Collection: Portrait of Philippe de La Mothe Houdancourt (1605-57) (engraving) (b / w photo)

Portrait of Philippe de La Mothe Houdancourt (1605-57) (engraving) (b / w photo)
XIR164709 Portrait of Philippe de La Mothe Houdancourt (1605-57) (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School, (17th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris




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"Motte: Unveiling the Ancient Strongholds of England" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world castles scattered across England. From Pickering Castle J850151 to Duffus Castle, these towering structures have witnessed centuries of history. Old Sarum J030098 stands as a testament to the strategic importance of mottes, while Okehampton Castle K981215 showcases their architectural grandeur. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Hedingham Castle, Essex, captured perfectly in an engraving by John Carr Armytage in 1832. The view from Pickering Castle J850150 will leave you awe-inspired as you witness its imposing motte rising above the landscape. Travel further north to Clitheroe Castle, where a limestone outcrop serves as a foundation for another remarkable motte and bailey castle. Its presence echoes through time, reminding us of Lancashire's rich heritage. Discover Restormel Castle J950171 and Totnes Castle J940484 - two more gems that showcase the power and resilience embodied by mottes. Cliffords Tower J920592 and Cliffords Tower K980216 stand tall amidst urban landscapes, offering glimpses into medieval times. As you wander through these ancient fortresses like Restormel Castle K010870, let your imagination run wild with tales of knights and sieges that once unfolded within their walls. These they are not just remnants; they are living testaments to our past. So come along on this journey through time and unravel the mysteries surrounding these magnificent mottes. Let them transport you back to an era filled with chivalry, conquests, and legends waiting to be discovered anew.