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JimDuncanUK11 Mar 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

Currently on BBC iPlayer is a documentary entitled '1066: A Year to Conquer England' and in its introductory scenes there is an aerial shot of Castle Urquhart which is in Scotland and dates from the 13th to the 16th century.

Was this really the best clip that the BBC could find to lead us into this story?

Can't blame Dan Snow, can we?

Vintage Wargaming11 Mar 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

Hard to show a picture of a Norman castle in England dating to 1066

JimDuncanUK11 Mar 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

True but surely there are a few English castles with Norman ancestry left in England.

Frontline Tim11 Mar 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

Yes Rochester.I don't suppose "nessie" put in an apperance, she has been photographed near Urquhart before.

JimDuncanUK11 Mar 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

That's just for the tourists.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

Tell you what, still a creepy place…

Khusrau12 Mar 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

Could have been worse Jim, could have been a Peel tower or a Z plan.

Dagwood12 Mar 2017 4:57 a.m. PST

There may have been a few "Norman" castles in England before 1066, some on the Welsh border may have been built by Edward the Confessor's Norman friends. Don't know if there is anything recognisably Norman left though.

Gwydion12 Mar 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

Think the stone pre conquest 'castle' is debatable at best (and evidence is buried footings/foundations so not useful for recognisable TV footage).

Most possible evidence of pre conquest castles is earthwork, wood trace and as above a few (contentious) datings of stone foundations.

gunnertog12 Mar 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I think The White Tower would have been a better choice, definitely Norman.

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