The Real Bodiam Castle

In October 2002, we took a 3-month-old Ian and our architect, Alan Dunn, with us to England to carefully examine some ruins. We spent most of our time at Bodiam Castle, but we also visited some manor houses that were built in the late 14th century, such as Penshurst.

Here are some of the photos from our trip.
The back of Bodiam (and the back of Alan).
Arms carved above the portcullis.
We took careful measurements of the crenelations, to reproduce scale. Notice how much larger these crenelations are than those seen on later-period buildings. If you were an archer, you could hide behind these walls.
Window niche with seat.
Penshurst Castle, which was built at about the same time as Bodiam, is really more of a manor house. It was never designed for defense.

Bodiam links


Updated June 14, 2005