Carisbrooke Castle
How I got there
A little history
How was it made
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Carisbrooke Castle is sited on a hill near Newport, Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is an Island south of England and is about 4 miles (6.5km) south of the mainland.
Newport is the County town of the Island with a population around 25,000 and is the main shopping area.
It is pretty much in the center of the island.
The island is 148 sq miles (384 square km) and has a population of around 140,000.

How I got there
From London we (my wife and I) hired a car and drove South west to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to Fishbourne, a port town in the Isle of Wight.
The drive should have taken around 2.5 hours but we got lost and missed our pre-booked ferry. No problems as car ferries To the Isle of Wight run very frequent so we just got on another.
From Fishbourne, we drove down to Shanklin which took about 25 minutes.
Shanklin is a pretty old village on the South-East of the Island. Thatched cottages and quaint shops adorn the place.
We stayed at a bed and breakfast lodge.
From Shanklin to Newport and Carisbrooke Castle was (and probably still is) about a 20 minute drive.

The castle is part in ruin and part in good shape and is a real interesting walk throughout.
The castle is now managed as an ancient monument and is home to the Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
You can walk around much of the outside walls and take in marvelous views.
The castle has an armory and a stable with live stock.

A little history
The castle reeks of history and is thought to have once been a Roman fort.
Through out it's history bits and pieces have been added to it and changes made.
It started with a wall around the hill about 1000 AD built by the Anglo Saxons to defend themselves against viking raids.
Some seventy years later the new lord of Wight, William Fitz Osbern built a castle within the existing defences.
In 1100 Carisbrooke was granted to Richard de Redvers and he and his descendants (over the next 200 years) turned it into a great castle with stone walls, a tower and a keep.
In 1293 King Edward I purchased the castle.
In 1601 George Carey completed a circuit of artillery defences around the castle for fear of invasions by the French and the Spanish.
The castle remained the official residence of the governor of the Isle of Wight up until 1944 (after the death of the last resident governor, Princess Beatrice) and has since been managed as an ancient monument.

How was it made?
As we walked around the Castle I noticed a lot of holes in the walls, in line at certain heights.
"I wonder what they are?" I mumbled to my wife.
"Probably some place they poked the canons out of" was the reply.
"Mmmmm. I don't think so. Not big enough and in most cases no room behind for canons or anything for that matter."
Anyway, I asked the man in the museum. "They are 'put log' holes," I was told.
A 'put log' hole is a hole in the side of a wall purpose made to accommodate the end of a log.
The logs were put into the 'put log' holes during wall construction.
The logs stuck out the sides of the walls and planks were placed on top them forming a scaffold.
Substantial scaffolds could be made and stone blocks were passed up to make another level.
The builders used stones from near and far.
Some came from local quarries and some came from the mainland.
The stones varied in types and density. Some could easily be cut into blocks and others could be carved and shaped.
the castle entrance
castle door
castle cannon
castle passage way
castle walkway
view to outside castle
view to inside castle
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