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Question: If you owned a castle , what use would you put it to ??
Private Home - 8 (28.6%)
Mad Science - 4 (14.3%)
Event Venue - 2 (7.1%)
Guest Accomodation - 2 (7.1%)
Haunted House - 1 (3.6%)
Film Set - 0 (0%)
Apocalyptic Bunker - 2 (7.1%)
Evil Mastermind Lair - 1 (3.6%)
Military  Base - 0 (0%)
Museum - 5 (17.9%)
Other - 3 (10.7%)
Total Voters: 27

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« Reply #50 on: July 06, 2015, 12:59:32 am »

I would make my castle into a museum. I would live on the premises and the entry fees, plus profits from the food and souvenir sales, etc. would pay for the insulation and heating, among other things.   


 
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« Reply #51 on: July 06, 2015, 01:04:21 am »

I would make my castle into a museum. I would live on the premises and the entry fees, plus profits from the food and souvenir sales, etc. would pay for the insulation and heating, among other things.   


 


It makes perfect sense to me.  That appeals to my inner amateur historian, because you perpetuate knowledge and preserve the castle. I can't think of a better way to use those structures which otherwise seem superfluous today.
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« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2015, 04:32:34 am »

I voted 'mad science'. I want to be able to blow stuff up and wreak havoc without having the authorities able get in to stop me when the neighbors complain.
I'd prefer one of those charming, almost stereotypical medieval castles, with the big ramparts and towers... and a clear line of fire. Grin

Also, a moat. A moat is a must. But it must be changeable to suit my whims of the day. What if I want alligators or mechanized piranha one day, and then a pit of spears the next? Then why not!

Then when I'm not experimenting with plasma rays, making mechanical beasties or otherwise blowing things to bits I'd like a tea room/library with French doors leading to a vast garden with bunnies (protected by force field, of course, so I don't accidentally destroy it somehow and make myself sad.) ...
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« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2015, 05:00:45 am »

I voted 'mad science'. I want to be able to blow stuff up and wreak havoc without having the authorities able get in to stop me when the neighbors complain.
I'd prefer one of those charming, almost stereotypical medieval castles, with the big ramparts and towers... and a clear line of fire. Grin

Also, a moat. A moat is a must. But it must be changeable to suit my whims of the day. What if I want alligators or mechanized piranha one day, and then a pit of spears the next? Then why not!

Then when I'm not experimenting with plasma rays, making mechanical beasties or otherwise blowing things to bits I'd like a tea room/library with French doors leading to a vast garden with bunnies (protected by force field, of course, so I don't accidentally destroy it somehow and make myself sad.) ...

Wouldn't that be a magical  castle !!! Cheesy
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« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2015, 06:48:56 am »

Did I sound too much like a five-year-old? Ah well, it's a fun question; may as well have a fun answer! Wink
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« Reply #55 on: July 07, 2015, 07:05:34 am »

Did I sound too much like a five-year-old? Ah well, it's a fun question; may as well have a fun answer! Wink

 It was my own secret answer Wink

{ it may be everyone's  own secret answer}

 and yes it would be fun !!!! Grin Cheesy Cool
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« Reply #56 on: July 07, 2015, 08:33:41 am »

Who doesn't like moats? I like moats.  Especially if they gave crocodiles in them  Grin  But I would add great vats of boiling tar in case the enemy attacks.
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« Reply #57 on: July 21, 2015, 02:34:32 am »

Given how castles were built to keep the hordes away, It seems only natural I'd fix it up for zombie defense!

And if I could vote again, I'd also preform mad science in the dungeon. But anti-zombie fortress is the main objective of this castle.
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« Reply #58 on: July 21, 2015, 02:58:33 pm »

I've been having a serious think about this and I have come to the conclusion that a gate house/barbican or eccentric folly would probably be enough for me. An entire castle would be a lot of upkeep. I could manage something smaller (and work out ways of dealing with the water) I would like maybe 2 good turrets an arch, a central "keep" and a retaining lower battlement. Running around a low battlement is always FUN!

I'm not talking Windsor Castle here. A small folly that I could call my own. Maybe we should start a Steampunk retirement plan. Sink a bit of money in a plot of land and slowly build Rawlinsons end!
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« Reply #59 on: July 21, 2015, 03:28:36 pm »

Same kind of deal here, Clym. A full blown castle would be a bit much, but a smaller version like a gatehouse with tower and a bit of a wall all the way round would be manageable.
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« Reply #60 on: December 27, 2015, 03:37:08 am »

Who doesn't like moats? I like moats.  Especially if they gave crocodiles in them  Grin  But I would add great vats of boiling tar in case the enemy attacks.




 Now we are talking  - that would keep the blighters out



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« Reply #61 on: December 27, 2015, 04:13:14 am »

Some more castles to take a look at:  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/castles-in-ohio/ 

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« Reply #62 on: December 27, 2015, 04:50:47 am »

Apparently, there were plenty in mine and my wife's lineage. We've been able to follow our trees back past 1040!

And then some idiots (that I won't mention, NOT family, mind you) f'd it all up! Wasn' lost through a war, either.
A few are still around...someday we shall go and visit!
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« Reply #63 on: December 27, 2015, 05:42:24 am »

Some more castles to take a look at:  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/castles-in-ohio/ 




 Ohio must have more than its fair share of eccentrics.

It is dotted with  intriguing haunted places and   unusual buildings. The local parks  are world famous along side  the infamous Helltown


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« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2015, 05:44:19 am »

Apparently, there were plenty in mine and my wife's lineage. We've been able to follow our trees back past 1040!

And then some idiots (that I won't mention, NOT family, mind you) f'd it all up! Wasn' lost through a war, either.
A few are still around...someday we shall go and visit!

 That is a long way back.

 There are allegedly castles  in one Irish  branch of the family. In the 1500s the peasants had enough and chased  us out  with the traditional pitchfork  and fiery torches method.
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« Reply #65 on: December 27, 2015, 02:26:53 pm »

The Clan Gregor still has at least one standing castle.  But doesn't own it any more I believe.     Obviously, I would defer to any members with more direct knowledge.   

We trace our lineage back to the original kings of Scotland.  Hence the clan motto:  Royal is our Race.

I bring this up because I was recently reading about the one castle and thinking about this thread.
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« Reply #66 on: December 27, 2015, 05:15:39 pm »



That is a very elitist sort of motto  Cheesy

Not sure what ours is- but it might be something like- Run the b@$+@£€ through

The family has connections with pirates like Grainne O'Malley.

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« Reply #67 on: December 28, 2015, 02:58:21 pm »

"Justice and Fortitude are Invincible",
And the castle is now a museum in Enniskillen.
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« Reply #68 on: December 28, 2015, 03:32:16 pm »

Interesting question but at my time of life it will probably remain a dream! (Dreams are good...) I have wanted to live in a tower or a building with a tower attached, similar to Scottish baronial houses. However, my cousin lives in a lighthouse and looking at that and similar dwellings leads me to believe that circular tower living involves quite a few compromises.
To get enough floor space you need quite a few floors and staircases take up lots of room. Furniture has to be bespoke to fit the rather tight curves. it is an expensive building design because bricks / stone have to be cut to fit so high labour and material wastage costs.

My solution would be a modern take on a broch http://www.archaeologyhebrides.com/pages/brochs. By making it of a reasonable diameter - say 20 -25 feet, the furniture and construction costs reduce towards normal. I would also use modern materials and finishes. I would not use the double skinned walls above say the second floor. They are amazingly simple structures yet have not been incorporated into modern builds - maybe I'm missing something?

It would be ideally situated close to water (as this is an idealised dream) so the ground floor / basement would be completely stone flagged and the walls tanked, so that rather than trying to keep flood water out, the design would be resistant to flood water and easy to clean and dry out afterwards. Probably restrict its use to storage, party venue, ...

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« Reply #69 on: December 28, 2015, 05:15:51 pm »



We'll be in my bunk......
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« Reply #70 on: December 28, 2015, 05:27:20 pm »



We'll be in my bunk......
Excellent M'Lady made me laugh, that, good one  Grin
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« Reply #71 on: December 28, 2015, 07:56:24 pm »

Interesting question but at my time of life it will probably remain a dream! (Dreams are good...) I have wanted to live in a tower or a building with a tower attached, similar to Scottish baronial houses. However, my cousin lives in a lighthouse and looking at that and similar dwellings leads me to believe that circular tower living involves quite a few compromises.
To get enough floor space you need quite a few floors and staircases take up lots of room. Furniture has to be bespoke to fit the rather tight curves. it is an expensive building design because bricks / stone have to be cut to fit so high labour and material wastage costs.

My solution would be a modern take on a broch http://www.archaeologyhebrides.com/pages/brochs. By making it of a reasonable diameter - say 20 -25 feet, the furniture and construction costs reduce towards normal. I would also use modern materials and finishes. I would not use the double skinned walls above say the second floor. They are amazingly simple structures yet have not been incorporated into modern builds - maybe I'm missing something?

It would be ideally situated close to water (as this is an idealised dream) so the ground floor / basement would be completely stone flagged and the walls tanked, so that rather than trying to keep flood water out, the design would be resistant to flood water and easy to clean and dry out afterwards. Probably restrict its use to storage, party venue, ...




The cells do fortified towers well.
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