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Good Morning Everyone,

This is Orford Castle.

Orford Castle was built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II of England to consolidate royal power in the region. The well-preserved keep, described by historian R. Allen Brown as "one of the most remarkable keeps in England", is of a unique design and probably based on Byzantine architecture.

The design of the keep had a 90-foot-high (27-metre) central tower which was circular in cross-section, with three rectangular, clasping towers built out from the 49-foot-wide (15-metre) structure. The tower was based on a precise set of proportions, its various dimensions following the one-to-the-root-of-two ratio found in many English churches of the period. Much of the interior is built with high-quality ashlar stonework, with broad, 5-foot-6-inch-wide (1.7-metre) staircases. The best chambers were designed to catch the early morning sun, whilst the various parts of the keep were draught-proofed with doors and carefully designed windows. Originally the roof of the keep, above the upper hall, would have formed a domed effect, with a tall steeple above that. - Wikipedia

The keep once had a curtain but is now surrounded just by earthworks.

It is is amazing repair, all parts of the keep accessible and an audio guide is available to guide visitors.

As a complementary photograph, I will add a photograph showing the view from the top of the castle.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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