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14 Picturesque English Castle Ruins

Posted: 08/30/11 06:17 AM ET

Cragged edges, haunting facades and fascinating back stories, all things that combine to produce the compellingly beautiful ruined castles of England - whose green and pleasant land is veritably pock-marked with such historical sites.

These dramatic vestiges stand as testimony to a history full of conquests and battles, of devastating civil wars and the clashes of kingdoms.

Now, history travel website takes us through some of the most picturesque examples of these stunning ruined castles.

Portchester Castle
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With its vital strategic position in what is now Portsmouth Harbour, it’s unsurprising to find that the site of Portchester Castle has posed a draw for numerous military thinkers over the centuries, including the Romans, the Normans and the Plantagenets. In fact, the Roman walls still seen at Portchester rise up to a height of six metres - the highest such walls to be seen intact in Britain. Still vast and undeniably imposing, Portchester Castle’s presence and beauty is impossible to ignore.

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