The Castles of Somerset

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Postcard - Castles of Somerset

The real date of this journal entry should read June 1, 2005


Because I have a love of castle this postcard was just a “must have”.


Dunster Castle is pictured on the upper left of the postcard. The historical home of the Luttrell family was given to the National Trust in 1976. A castle has been on this site for a thousand years.


Taunton castle pictured on the upper right on the postcard has origins around 700 as a defense fortification and later the site of a priory and then a Norman stone built castle belonging to the Bishops of Winchester. What you see now is the inner ward and it houses the county museum with hotels on the sites of previous gate houses.


The bottom left picture I believe is the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, and dates back to the early thirteenth century. A fortified and moated castle with a drawbridge as the only access.


Nunney castle is shown in the bottom right corner, and is a small French-style castle surrounded by a deep moat, built for Sir John Delamare in 1373, and said to have been based on the Bastille in Paris.



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Postcard - Castles of Somerset
Postcard - Castles of Somerset
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