Friday, September 26, 2014

A bucket-list crossing-off day!

One of the places I wanted to see, above all others was Castletown, IOM, and today I did.



Castle Rushen is a wonderful medieval castle, which was built for defence in the Viking era, and subsequently added to.  It's in great condition, and I wished I'd had a good camera to do it justice.  
Coming in to the castle over the drawbridge and through the portcullis.


Looking down onto the courtyard, with the well in the middle - one of I think five wells within the walls, to cater for the people in the event of a siege - with the gallows to the right hand side.

The castle was used as a prison for many years - these are some of the objects of torture.

Most of the prison areas were too dark for me to get reasonable photos.  It was at various times home to political prisoners, debtors, and those awaiting execution.  Access to the different levels was by the original narrow, steep spiral stairs.
During the English Civil War, in the mid 1600s, Castle Rushen became one of the last strongholds of the Loyalist cause of Charles I against the parliamentary forces of Oliver Cromwell, and was visited by many leading supporters of the King.  When The Lord of Mann was ordered to surrender the castle, he replied that should he be troubled with any further orders of this sort, he would "burn the paper and hang the messenger".  And was left in peace.

The banquet hall, Lord's Chambers, kitchens (surprisingly small!) are all set out in the decor of a certain age of the castle, as of course they wouldn't have looked the same in 1700 as they did in 1200.  

Views from the battlements overlooking modern day Castletown.



2 comments:

  1. Amazing piece of architecture and history! So awesome that you are finally exploring the IOM!

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  2. It's featured on almost all the annual IOM calendars, and has been on my "must-see" list for decades! Didn't disappoint either!

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