Bodiam Castle, Sussex England

With battlemented towers floating above a wide moat, Bodiam is everyone's fairy-tale castle. Its was one of the last English medieval castles to be built, the final flowering of 300 years of castles design. We see Bodiam Castle as originally designed, without confusing alterations od additions. Time and man's hand have ruined the interior, but its outer walls and towers stand as they did when completed in 1388. Like all medieval castles, Bodiam was both the fortress and residence of a lord - in this case Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a Sussex knight. It was lived in for over 250 years: although built for war, life there was usually peaceful, and like many others, Bodiam Castle was never attacked. It was captured twice without resistance, in both cases by other Englishmen.