Another follow up to last weeks brief picture post of our trip to Pickering Castle. Initially built shortly after the Norman Conquest, Pickering was a simple timber construction built on top of a grassy mound, surrounded by earthen banks and ditches. The stone buildings date from the 13th century, and the curtain wall with its three towers date from the reign of Edward II.
I shot these photo's primarily as a reference source for terrain building projects that may or may not come in the future. One of the things that surprises about this site is the scale of the earthworks, and that's after 900 years of erosion gradually filling in the ditches.