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Question: Which castles evoke and he strongest feeling for you
Moated castle - 4 (12.5%)
Turret Castle - 5 (15.6%)
Medieval  castle - 7 (21.9%)
European Palace - 1 (3.1%)
Fairy Tale castle - 3 (9.4%)
Georgian or  later type - 1 (3.1%)
Manor - 5 (15.6%)
Crenalated  fortress style - 3 (9.4%)
Eastern Palace - 2 (6.3%)
Sea Fort - 1 (3.1%)
Total Voters: 14

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Hurricane Annie
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« on: January 09, 2021, 08:32:47 am »

 Everyone is moved by an image of a castle. Some castles resonate more than others with us. Whether a grand ediface or a small manor. Where would you like to visit? Stay a few nights?

Or Maybe live in ?

 Would it be  eerie and atmospheric ?


Faerie tales and turrets. Make mine magical


Fortify yourself for a romantic crenalated roof top.



 Made for medieval moments


To the manor born
 

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 10:21:08 am »



Anyone recognize it?

It's a [deliberately] distorted photo of this place  (and not distorted by me):



And, No, I would not to want to live there.  I would not go anywhere near it.
 
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 12:25:40 pm »



Anyone recognize it?

It's a [deliberately] distorted photo of this place  (and not distorted by me):



And, No, I would not to want to live there.  I would not go anywhere near it.
 
I hav'nt googled it............ Munsters?
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2021, 03:06:57 pm »

Actually reminds me of a ghosthunter episode of Doctor Who.

I like old castles that had function and purpose. I like to learn the history of the architecture, how it was used.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 04:22:05 pm »



Anyone recognize it?

It's a [deliberately] distorted photo of this place  (and not distorted by me):



And, No, I would not to want to live there.  I would not go anywhere near it.
 

 (Not that I googled any info in the photo
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2021, 04:27:40 pm »

Actually reminds me of a ghosthunter episode of Doctor Who.

I like old castles that had function and purpose. I like to learn the history of the architecture, how it was used.

 It can be be fascinating to discover the layers of history built on to older castle dwellings. Particularly those still in use and lived in. Imagine regularly  walking the same steps,  paths and hallways that others have been before over centuries
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2021, 12:57:17 am »

I remember visiting the Isle of Skye years ago. I saw Armadale Castle,  the ruins of the Clan MacDonald country house, and Dunvegan Castle, the castle of Clan MacLeod. Both had a lot of history but only Dunvegan was still a functioning building. The tour guide pointed out that the Fairy Tower was the oldest part of the building, so it was interesting trying to work out where one renovation started and another started. This is the problem with any building with history - if you restore it, what do you restore it to if it has had many changes over the years. Even Australia, with its short history of European occupation, has had this problem of some of 50-100 year old buildings.

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2021, 02:30:52 am »

haven't googled it............ Munsters?

It does rather remind you of “Munster Mansion”, altho' M-M is much smaller.

Actually reminds me of a ghosthunter episode of Doctor Who.…

Pretty close to correct…

Ettington Hall (name is in fine print at the bottom of the regular photo) is now a hotel in Ettington Park, Warwickshire. It is reputed to be haunted.  

It was the setting of the  “The Haunting” (1963), a movie based fairly accurately on the novel, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
The movie should not be confused with abominable remake that was released in the late 1990s, or even the more recent made-for-TV series.
The story is a psycho-drama; apparent in the movie, but really clear in the book.

The exterior scenes were shot at the House, the interior scenes were done in a studio.
Even tho’ they never entered the house for any filming, some of the cast and crew were really creeped out just being in close proximity to it.  

The distorted photo  is the way the house is depicted in the movie.
According to IMDB Trivia: “ The famous sharp contrast of the house against the dark sky and the clouds was created by the use of infrared film stock.”

Good flick, very scary ...but the book is scarier; much, much scarier.
  
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2021, 05:36:35 am »

haven't googled it............ Munsters?

It does rather remind you of “Munster Mansion”, altho' M-M is much smaller.

Actually reminds me of a ghosthunter episode of Doctor Who.…

Pretty close to correct…

Ettington Hall (name is in fine print at the bottom of the regular photo) is now a hotel in Ettington Park, Warwickshire. It is reputed to be haunted.  

It was the setting of the  “The Haunting” (1963), a movie based fairly accurately on the novel, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
The movie should not be confused with abominable remake that was released in the late 1990s, or even the more recent made-for-TV series.
The story is a psycho-drama; apparent in the movie, but really clear in the book.

The exterior scenes were shot at the House, the interior scenes were done in a studio.
Even tho’ they never entered the house for any filming, some of the cast and crew were really creeped out just being in close proximity to it.  

The distorted photo  is the way the house is depicted in the movie.
According to IMDB Trivia: “ The famous sharp contrast of the house against the dark sky and the clouds was created by the use of infrared film stock.”

Good flick, very scary ...but the book is scarier; much, much scarier.
  


 I should have added Scary /Eerie castles to the  options list . They do evoke emotional responses.

 The 60s and early 70s  were a fabulous era for horror movies. The lack of technical special effects meant direction and script  were of better quality  and added a greater  edge of suspense

 I was given a dvd of the original Wicker Man for Christmas by a well meaning relative  who perhaps  thought it might be an intellectual hi brow artistic movie. The country  castle and it's  extensive land scaping  was truly inspirational. (Amidst the pagan harvest customs)

Culzean Castle, Ayshire Scotland





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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2021, 05:49:12 am »

I remember visiting the Isle of Skye years ago. I saw Armadale Castle,  the ruins of the Clan MacDonald country house, and Dunvegan Castle, the castle of Clan MacLeod. Both had a lot of history but only Dunvegan was still a functioning building. The tour guide pointed out that the Fairy Tower was the oldest part of the building, so it was interesting trying to work out where one renovation started and another started. This is the problem with any building with history - if you restore it, what do you restore it to if it has had many changes over the years. Even Australia, with its short history of European occupation, has had this problem of some of 50-100 year old buildings.

Sorontar

 Australia still has buildings standing from  250 years ago. That's an important acheivement. They are beautiful in their simplicity  and crafting.

 Armadale Castle looks intriguing  with it's additions. There would be fascinating tales woven into the framework









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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2021, 10:00:12 am »

The Doctor Who episode I was thinking of was "Hide" and the building they used was Tyntesfield (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyntesfield).

Some Aussie examples of historical buildings with awful renovations include Frognall (https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/199#timeline-title) and the Royal Exhibition Building (https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/228). The original buildings were beautiful then they did things like add "modern" extensions or renovations that didn't harmonise well with the original architecture. Some of those have been removed, but some aren't. Neither of them are castles though.

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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2021, 10:41:36 am »

Living on the south coast I'm surrounded by history, Palmerston's follies, sea forts, The Victory, Mary Rose etc, but the only castle is a little drive away to Portchester........

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/portchester-castle/history-and-stories/history/

Of your list, I would say all of the above.

I think because it's right on your doorstep you tend to overlook what wonders can be found in and around the city I live and have grown up in.

 Doctor Who The Sea Devils was filmed here as well as  some of Tommy by the who.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Devils
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_(1975_film)
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2021, 12:01:02 pm »

I'm not crazy about medieval castles to be honest with you. There's always the manors and the post Georgian castles. But because *technically* I lived in something akin to a castle I am partial to a category of castles you didn't include: Japanese castles. I just realized they're technically the closest to the house I was raised in.

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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2021, 06:26:03 pm »

This castle was built for the Marquess of Bute in the latter part of the nineteenth century: just shows what you can do if you have got the money...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell_Coch

The same architect also refurbished the apartments in Cardiff Castle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Castle

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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2021, 12:12:10 am »

Corfe Castle for me, please: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

This is partly because of its dramatic history, partly because we always pass by on our way down to Swanage (which we normally visit several times every year, but funnily enough not in the last few months) and partly because I'm happy to subscribe the Victorian obsession in the romantic ruin through which one could waft on one's best gothic outfit (mind you, it would be nice to be able to waft anywhere at the moment...)

Yours,
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2021, 12:27:25 am »

What type of castle? MINE!
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2021, 11:47:08 am »

What type of castle? MINE!
Well, then maybe then the Australian-type of castle
- https://www.paronellapark.com.au/
- https://www.realestate.com.au/news/the-castle-house-in-strathmore-moving-to-beechworth/
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2021, 06:26:50 pm »


 Never underestimate the importance of Antipodean buildings. It was revolutionary times.  Early Australian  architecture captures an era  of change and international influences. Ironically the far flung bastions of the later British Empire  have buildings and bungalows designed  and constructed to plans copied from traditional dwellings of he tropical and equatorial  regions previously colonised. Eastern  regions which in turn were the origin  of the concept of medieval and later European castles, as we know them.

Even home fortresses such as  "Uncle Harry's"  Castle are iconic

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_castle
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« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2021, 07:05:46 pm »


These are wonderful discussion points. Diverse, dynamic, contraversial and creative. I'm becoming more convinced that everything in the entire modern Western society can be traced back to early DR Who episodes. I'm currently living out a surreal mannequin diorama. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spearhead_from_Space

But I digress ...

Mr Wilhelm, that Japanese castle is reminiscent of your impressive childhood home. The palaces of the Orient, Middle, Near and Far East  were the blue prints for West or Occident castle forts. I was very remiss not to include those fabulous and influential monuments



SeVeNeVeS

 Those coastal Sea Forts would make excellent Villain Lair. Wouldn't it be great to own one. One could glide on in on an airship and drop down in the  home base



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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2021, 01:16:17 am »

Do the Sea Forts have to be villains lairs? They would make excellent abodes for the "just and pure of heart" also! I would love one!!
It would have to have capacious storage for comestibles and fresh water, as well as very limited boarding and/or landing opportunities, landing and anti-aircraft defences!! But, that said, what a perfect place when secured and modified!!
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2021, 06:35:33 am »

I call dibs on Red Sands Fort!
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2021, 06:59:17 am »

Do the Sea Forts have to be villains lairs? They would make excellent abodes for the "just and pure of heart" also! I would love one!!
It would have to have capacious storage for comestibles and fresh water, as well as very limited boarding and/or landing opportunities, landing and anti-aircraft defences!! But, that said, what a perfect place when secured and modified!!

Several of these old war forts have been re envisioned as luxury travel destinations.  There only limit to making one a lifestyle  abode  is your imagination .

This hotel stay always looks enticing. The price and covid warning are a little off putting though.

https://solentforts.com/spitbank-fort/

Here is a link to a application to change use to a domestic dwelling.{ Don't fret , there are many more sea forts left  to make a home in}

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/luxurious-no-mans-fort-solent-could-become-single-home-instead-23-bed-hotel-2502400


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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2021, 07:21:13 am »

I call dibs on Red Sands Fort!

 You may have to do a military take over . There is a restoration society involved with the forts. It does though appear like there has been some serious infighting  already  and a mutiny

https://project-redsand.com/2020-progress-report

https://www.insider.com/tour-abandoned-world-war-ii-maunsell-sea-forts

Here is a potential plan to to turn the forts into a luxury hotel.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/amp/red-sands-sea-forts-hotels-uk/index.html

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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2021, 10:25:30 am »

What type of castle? MINE!
I tend to agree, we can always dream, nowt wrong with that, but at the end of the day MY home IS my castle.

That said, I do enjoy seeing the castles and forts posted here, very interesting.  Cool
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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2021, 10:36:31 am »

What type of castle? MINE!
I tend to agree, we can always dream, nowt wrong with that, but at the end of the day MY home IS my castle.


           “To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavor.” --Samuel Johnson
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