Framlingham Castle: the towers

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The gateway to Framlingham Castle enters through the base of Tower 1.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1-6 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

On the eastern side are Towers 4, 5, and 6.

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 7-11 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The present descent from the wall walkway is through Tower 10.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 9-13 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Access to the wall walkway is through Tower 11.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1, 13 and 12 (from left to right) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Framlingham Castle: Tudor bridge

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

A 16th century bridge provided access from the inner court to the garden on the other side of the ditch in the outer bailey. The bridge was constructed from stone and brick.

Access was adjacent to Tower 7.

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Framlingham Castle, Tudor bridge © David Gill

Thetford Priory: Howard Tombs

IMG_1789John Howard, the First Duke of Norfolk, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 where he was commanding the part of Richard III’s army.

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Thetford Priory, likely tomb of John Howard © David Gill

His tomb appears to be located in a tomb constructed on the north side of the aisle of the church at Thetford Priory, and adjacent to the north transept. The body may have been moved to St Michael’s, Framlingham.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

The tomb of Thomas Howard (1443-1524), Second Duke of Norfolk, was placed at the east end of the original church (that had been extended). He defeated the army of James IV of Scotland at Flodden in September 1513.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

Howard died at Framlingham Castle in May 1524 and his body was buried at Thetford.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

 

Lindisfarne Priory: steps to the dorter

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The night stairs that led from the dorter to the church are located in the south transept.

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The day stairs were at the south end of the dorter building. The chapter house was probably on the ground floor.

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

Crossraguel Abbey: private houses

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Crossraguel Abbey © David Gill

A series of five houses are located in the south court of Crossraguel Abbey. They probably date to the 15th century.

The 1589 quotation is from John Vaus, who was appointed commendator (in the period following the Reformation). ‘Pur men’ are ‘poor men’.

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Crossraguel Abbey © David Gill

Bury St Edmunds: The Abbey Church

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, North Transept © David Gill

The Abbey Church was 154 m long. In the North Transept was St Martin’s Chapel and the Lady Chapel.

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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

In the South Transept was the Chapel of St Nicholas.

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Bury St Edmunds, Crossing © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

The crossing stood below the central tower with the choir stalls immediately to the west at the head of the nave. The nave was constructed during the time of Abbot Anselm (1119-1148).

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, Nave © David Gill

To the east of the crossing lay the high altar and beneath it the crypt.

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Bury St Edmunds Abbey, looking east towards North Transept and Crossing © David Gill

Hadleigh Castle: lead-melting hearth

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Hadleigh Castle © David Gill

The royal castle of Hadleigh was sold by Edward VI in 1551 to Baron Rich (Lord Lieutenant of Essex from 1552), and was soon dismantled. A lead-melting hearth was constructed on the floor of the former hall.

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Hadleigh Castle © David Gill