Bodiam Castle, in East Sussex, southern England. Bodiam Castle is an enchantingly imposing fourteenth century castle and an excellent site to tour if you’re interested in Things Medieval, Castles, Architecture, History, etc; since it exemplifies the typical fourteenth and fifteenth century fortified residence.
The castle is of quadrangular plan; a rectangular enclosure without an inner keep, surrounded by high walls and fortified at each corner by still higher cylindrical towers. The gatehouse includes useful machicolations (floor openings to fling stones, pour boiling oil, or hurtle your nasty weapon of choice upon the heads of uninvited company) arrowslits (tiny peepholes used by archers), and three portcullises (latticed grilles or gates dropped to impede enemy progress). The exterior of the Castle survives nearly intact (although the interior is ruinous) and best of all it is open to the public.
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