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The Great Keep
A very big Norman keep.
About this creation
This is my great keep. It is loosely based on the Norman great keeps of Britain. It is a seven storey structure with corner turrets and a raised defensible entrance. The keep is built to William Howard's castle wall standard for compatability at displays and has done so at Piece By Piece South Hants '05 (at Petersfield in April). I have also displayed it (standing alone) at the Brickish Association Christmas Party at LLW (December), the Merrist Wood College show (May) and Yateley Fest (July).

I built the keep in November 2004 using almost all of my light grey parts as well as buying a few more specifically for it. The design was based on the utilisation of castle wall panels for the primary covering of the exterior. A brick base storey was used to give the structure strength. I first built it as an empty shell with roof. Then I rebuilt it so that the front hinged open; and then I rebuilt it with internal structuring. A total of over 3,500 parts were used in the building of the Keep which made it rather heavy. In April I added the seventh storey to it when I found I had enough light grey spare again. It was demolished in mid July.



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   The guard keeps watch for intruders and visitors alike.



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   The 'barbicanette' which is the only entrance to the keep. It has a drawbridge which bridges the gap to a wooden stairway (which can be burned away in the event of an attack).



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   The main entrance. Inside the doors you can see the chains that hold the drawbridge in place and the magnets used for counterweights are just visible to the right.



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   The entrance level of the keep on the first (second; if you are American) floor. The cellars (wine and stores) are below. There is no dungeon in a traditional keep.



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   The hall, on the second storey. Here the knights and nobles feast and get drunk.



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   The fire at the end of the hall, being tended by a peasant.



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   The court, also on the second storey. Here Princess Gemma receives guests and settles local matters of law.



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   One of the chambers on the fourth floor. with bedpan.



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   The modular wall joining point. Currently with a dead-end section fitted.



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   The Keep at Petersfield. Here it was part of a great castle formed of modular sections built by myself, James Stacey and William Howard. (I can't remember who took this picture; if they would let me know I'll put their name here, thanks.)



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   The Petersfield castle display from the harbour end. My keep stands high in the distance. (I can't remember who took this picture; if they would let me know I'll put their name here, thanks.)



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   The Keep at the Lego Display at the Merrist Wood Open Day. This view shows the opened front clearly.



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   Merrist Wood again. The varied depth of the interior is clear.



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   The following pictures were taken during demolition.

This shows the back of the castle with the normally hidden void space visible (As it could not be seen from the open front I did not fit floors, walls or fittings beyond.)



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   The chambers on the fourth floor.



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   The vaulted hall and court with second storey walls still in place.



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   The vaulted hall and court standing free.



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   The vaulted hall and court standing free, from the rear.



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   The hall with the side removed.



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   The court with the side removed.



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   The entrance level.



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   The entrance level again.



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   The following three cutaway pictures show the operation of the counterweright drawbridge.

The drawbridge is in the raised position, recessed slightly into the wall line. The counterwights (magnets) are clearly visible.



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   The drawbridge is in the semi-raised position. The hinge point is clearly visible as it the chain which connects to the (stringed) winch.



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   The drawbridge is in the lowered position. The chain is taut, holding it there. The doors can now open.




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   The light grey bricks used for the keep.



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   The minifigs and their weapons.



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   The other parts.



Comments

 I like it 
  October 27, 2005
A totally awesome castle!! the only thing that disturbs me is the demolition.. (why take down such a nice keep)
 I like it 
  August 31, 2005
I like the way this model can stand alone and be viewed all around as a complete castle and that the interior can be accessed so easily. It looks very playable and sturdy, great to see.
 
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