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The Great Tower

By Sezz    
Many thanks for your comments on 'Medieval Chambers' and thank you to John/Lifesnapper for his UA
Here's another from the Great Tower at Dover Castle.

When Henry II built his Great Tower keep at Dover Castle in the 12th century, he was as mindful of its position as a symbol of power as its function as a strategic defence against enemies and invaders. With his eyes focussed uneasily on the steady stream of Medieval tourists on their way to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, he created a splendid Royal Court within the castle walls, representing an unequivocal and majestic emblem of his authority and wealth.

Now the huge interior of the keep at Dover Castle has undergone a major transformation by English Heritage, restoring the splendour of Henry's court for a new generation of tourists, albeit ones with less pious ambitions. The developments have been informed by new research by Professor John Gillingham, who believes that the spectre of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in 1170 by four of the King's knights, was the main reason for the King building this impressive icon at Dover.

Thank you for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

PS here's a link to the Time Team Special on the Restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Time Team Special

Tags: Kent Dover Architecture Medieval Dover castle South east King Henry II

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paddyman 9 66 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 3:38PM
Super colour and light on this one Sarah..

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
29 Nov 2012 4:08PM
An excellent photo rich in colour, light and history Smile Well taken !! Grin
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 4:27PM
I love the colours and processing on this one Sarah
andy p 13
29 Nov 2012 4:59PM
I am presuming that this was done in HDR, and well done at that. Nice capture.Grin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Nov 2012 5:05PM
There's a lovely warm feel to this medieval hall and I do like the multi-coloured furniture, no doubt reproductions exactly as the originals would have been, English Heritage having been involved in the research.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
29 Nov 2012 5:18PM
Royal banquet with colour Sarah !
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 5:19PM
Very colourful, Sarah.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 5:22PM
I didn't comment on yesterday's, I was in a hurry, but I fins the use of bright colours fascinating. I know it's reckoned that our tasteful stone cathedral interiors were originally brightly painted. I could live with this....
29 Nov 2012 6:43PM
Ideal point of view Sarah, and just LOVE those colours.

John Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
29 Nov 2012 6:44PM
Like the colours and warm light in this Sarah, good work
Regards Richard
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Nov 2012 7:03PM
How very beautiful and colourful - especially that furniture, love it! A super capture, Sarah, and interesting write-up, too Smile Think I might just have to part with my UA here....Wink
Trev Smile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:08PM
Awesome colours Sarah


PS Thanks for the GT supportWink
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
29 Nov 2012 7:34PM
Not sure why, but I can imagine this being from a scene from ALice in Wonderland. Can see the characters sititng there...

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 8:12PM
This has a really warm feel Sarah. The bright coloured furniture contrasts well against the predominant brown tones.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
30 Nov 2012 11:41AM
Many thanks for your time & kind comments, always appreciated!
Trev, thank you so much for your UA, a lovely surprise Smile

Sarah x
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
30 Nov 2012 12:35PM
A wonderful image....I can't get over the rich colors of the furnishing.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
30 Nov 2012 1:52PM
Thanks all - If anyone's interested, I have added a link in my description to the Time Team Special on the restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Castle. I have just spent the most enjoyable hour watching it!

S x
Lovely colours rich and bold, good processing Sarah, you really have brought out the stunning colours very well indeed.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
2 Dec 2012 6:15PM
Cracking shot Sarah and top class processing as always,
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
2 Dec 2012 7:05PM
the award is for the set i have just looked through,particularly like the Leeds castle shot but a great set.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 10:03PM
Lovely colours. The table and chairs look as if they're built from children's bricks!

Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Dec 2012 11:44PM
Gentlemen, thank you very much, appreciated Smile
Neil, thank you for your UA and for looking through my work, means a lot to me!

Sarah x
4 Dec 2012 11:37AM
Another image of the same quality, it all looks very dynamic!

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