Saturday, 23 September 2017

Castle

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

Having seen the 12th Century villagers heading down the street in Guildford during the Heritage Open Days, it was inevitable that the Castle would be the next port of call.  It's always a treat visiting the Castle due to the excellent gardens surrounding it.





Unusually though, this time there was a 12th Century encampment causing a stir.  Battle training was even in action.  Historia Normannis is a reenactment group bringing history to life.




The castle tower was open, so I thought I had better go in and climb the 44 steps to show you the view from the top as I haven't done that before.  It's not too high and you are held in a cage at the top  so it's all fine from the feeling squiffy viewpoint although the stairs are fairly steep, spiralling stone steps as you'd expect.











As an added bonus for Game of Thrones fans and/or  Embroiders Guild fans, there's a Whitewalker there at the moment, commissioned by HBO for Series 5.

Cheerio

12 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I didn't know there was a castle there. The reenactment looks great, I love all that. The white walker looks very scary! X

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    1. Guildford is a lovely place full of history and cobbles. I can just see you running up the High Street! x

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  2. Haven't climbed up the Castle tower for years (it used to be a regular thing when we went to Guildford in the school holidays for shoes etc as we always took a picnic to eat in the gardens after visiting the castle). I need new walking boots so may venture in next week to see Whitewalker which looks amazing! PS I have loved all your Heritage posts of my local patch. Still haven't been to Chandon Park since the fire. Might do that on the way home from Guildford next week.

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    1. So glad you've enjoyed them. Guildford is a great place, I'm always finding things I haven't seen before and the river is just delightful.

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  3. Wow, such an impressive tour. The reinactment looks amazing.

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    1. I'm glad I was there at the right time.

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  4. I'm glad you followed those 12th century villagers to the castle and climbed those steps as the views are lovely:)

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    1. Aren't they! I've always been too stingy to pay the entrance fee!

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  5. "It's all fine from the feeling squiffy viewpoint" - I love that! However, the mere fact of the spiral staircase would put me off, no matter how tall the tower was or wasn't, so thank you for going up there on my behalf and showing me those fab views. x

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    1. Pleasure. I was all set, gritting my teeth but by the time I'd got my handbag out of the way, I'd arrived so not as bad as other towers. x

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  6. What a bonus, being there for the reenactment, I love things like that, bringing history to life.

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    1. Yes, such a stroke of luck. It made it all so colourful.

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