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Haradford Castle
Haradford Castle, home to the Earl of Haradford, was built over a period of time. Construction started after the conquest and the castle was added to over the following centuries. The oldest section of the castle is dominated by the keep, with three floors. The keep was the original centre of the castle where guests would have been entertained and the Earl lived, and still does to this day. The ground floor was used as a dungeon and had a well in case attackers took the bailey. The first floor was used for entertainment and for the Earl’s day to day business, whilst the Earl and his family lived on the second floor. After the time of the conquest, peace reigned in the land, apart from the occasional internal civil conflicts, justifying the costs paid for fortifying the Earl’s stronghold (notable the siege lead by Prćttig Úf). During these years the Great Hall with its kitchen, pantry and buttery with the Earl’s chamber above were added to the curtain walls. The curtain walls were built some decades after the keep was constructed and replaced the earlier timber palisade fortification, at this time the main gate house and postern gate were built. The main gatehouse housed two portcullis and two sets of gates. The newest section of the castle, Malvarion Tower, was added to provide stronger fortification between the two gates and provide more comfortable facilities for those living within. The bailey, housed a number of buildings. The chapel served the Earl and his court for daily worship in addition to reminder attackers (should they break through the gatehouse) who was on the Earl’s side. The other buildings served daily needs hunting and daily equipment (the armoury and blacksmiths), communication (dovecote) and travel (stables). The town of Haradford lay outside the curtain walls and provide the Earl and his court for their daily and weekly needs. As for the build.... Firstly the castle is not based on any specific castle and is based on the English and Welsh styles between 11th Century and 14th Century. Recently I have visited a number of castles and these have given inspiration to this build, so for those familiar with English and Welsh castles you may see some features you recognise. The build took just over a year and some areas I would build differently now if I was to do them again. Lastly the fields and path leading up to the castle was built by Slyowl for the STEAM exhibition, so my thanks to him for his contribution, seen and unseen.
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  July 2, 2012
theres much in it... i like all the details you put in! the textures and landscape is awesome! especially the rockwork - just great...
James Pegrum
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White Knight
  June 6, 2012
Award winner !>.....well done
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  January 21, 2012
This is an incredible build! How did you make the flippers attach for shingles on the cottages?
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  November 15, 2011
Insane. This is absolutely amazing.
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  November 14, 2011
This is awesome!!
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  November 11, 2011
Epic size and achievement! So many interessting detals and building-tecniques. You should really give us more close-up photos! -Espeically I like the part of the castle-wall with wooden upper structure.
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  November 11, 2011
This thing is just outstanding! The build, the colors, the design but those roof tiles on the outer houses are a really nice touch, and also the straw roof on the stable inside! Beautiful!
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  November 10, 2011
the number of details is absoloutly stunning! Epic creation, dude!
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  November 10, 2011
Wow, a lot of tecniques here! A epic work, the cliff, the roofs, and ather great particulars, makes of this creation an awesome work!
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  November 9, 2011
amazing detail the rock face is awesome, i saw this at the great weastern lego show in swindon
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  November 8, 2011
James, this is totally stunning! This work is so detailed and realistic. The use of tan bricks rather than the "usual" grey or dark grey gives it the final touch (I guess this also cost you quite a lot more!). One of the best castles ever, congratulations!
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  November 5, 2011
This is going on my list for next year's MOCies. Awesome! Posting the pics in Large format would be helpful for your audience, if you get a chance...
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  November 5, 2011
nice build, good rockwork and landscape, I like the two houses outside the walls. excellent.
James Pegrum
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Mark E
  November 4, 2011
Very nice rock work I wish I could see it in life form.
James Pegrum
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Dave Russ
  November 4, 2011
Wow! How long did it take you?
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  November 4, 2011
I am a big fan of the design. Looks something right out of the 13 hundreds with a Dutch or French style. The use of flippers on the huts is genius. Fantastic build mate!
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  November 4, 2011
Excellent castle, love all the interesting techniques you used. I will have to remember this one for Castle of the Year. My only complaint is the tiny photos on the main page.
  November 4, 2011
Wow this is very impressive:) The detail is amazing...keep up the awesome work!!!
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  November 4, 2011
Very, very nice job on this! All the detail you packed into this is incredible . Great work. :)
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  November 4, 2011
This is a masterpiece. A lovely landscape with a fantstic castle and some cute little buildings is always fun to see! You have some nice techniques employed here, especially when it comes to roofs!
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  November 4, 2011
awesome castle, the rock feature is really nice! 5/5
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  November 4, 2011
Great techniques - especially on the peasant house roofs. On a side note - many of the castles were white-washed - but maybe it was different with Lego medieval history :)
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  November 4, 2011
Beautiful!
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  November 4, 2011
Very cool! An impressive build, I really like the overall layout of the castle. It flows as a castle should.
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  November 4, 2011
Nice.
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  November 4, 2011
Such an epic creation. So many amazing techniques and little details. I think we saw this and spoke to you at the Great Western Lego Show? We were the 4 car guys who all went 'ooh' when you took the roof off! An awesome build, 10/10
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  November 4, 2011
You really captured the way the different period walls look. My favourite part is the section with the big windows, but the general layout and all the little parts that make that work is great all over.
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  November 4, 2011
This is just SO amazing. All the details, but still massive! Very, very well done!
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  November 4, 2011
That's awesome!
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  November 4, 2011
tis a fine piece of artwork and it inspires many pesant folk to pick up the pace with out put of creations
 
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