BOLSOVER CASTLE (1)

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This archway lies inside the grounds of Bolsover Castle, an impressive early 17th century castle built over the site of an earlier mediaeval fortress. The castle dominates the skyline as you approach the small town of Bolsover, and would undoubtedly have been more impressive during its heyday when it was owned by the Cavendish family.

GATHERING STORM

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This is the keep-like East Tower at Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire, now in the care of English Heritage. The castle was begun in the 1100s but this tower was erected in the 1200s. The photo was taken on a sunny day but the clouds were gathering. Luckily, though, the brewing storm never materialised, the clouds passed and the sun came out again.