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Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

A mini-me castle, Bodiam was built by Sir Edward Dallingbridge in 1385 when he was granted a ‘Licence to Crenellate’. Not strategically placed, nor large enough for meaningful defence, the castle exhibited its owner’s wealth and prestige, and was the centre of a thriving working estate.

Bodiam Caste exterior

Bodiam’s outer walls are intact, surrounded by a picture-book moat but it was disappointing to find nothing inside: its living quarters largely destroyed during the English Civil War, leaving only the tower rooms to explore – via very tight spiral staircases.

Bodiam castle interior from the wall

Climbed to the top of the Postern tower for the best views of surrounding countryside.

View of countryside from Bodiam Castle Postern tower