Lincoln Shell Keep

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Our regular News Bulletins, UK field-based Conferences and occasional overseas study trips provide opportunities for an interchange and discussion of ideas about this subject, while both our annual Journal and Bibliography are the leading English-language publications of original research and significant source material solely related to castle studies.


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Shell-Keeps Revisited -The Bailey on the Motte

A new essay by R A Higham on the history of shell-keeps, including a detailed analysis & gazetteer of 20 shell-keeps

Arundel Castle - shell keep interior Ludlow Castle - Thomas Hearne

CSG 2017 Conference

April 20-23



Chepstow Castle - Outer Gate from the interior

Castle Studies and the Early Use of the Camera 1840-1914                                                 

Skipton Castle