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Postby Jogon » Tue 24 Jul, 2012 9:38 pm

Evening all.

In 1628 'The Mannor house of Leedes stoode by the riverside moted rounde about with a dike now almost quite earthed upp'.

1694 Richard Wilson inherited a 'brick house on Mill Hill'. Wilson was, or became, Recorder of Leeds.
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Postby liits » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 12:15 pm

I know we shouldn’t delve into politics, but I couldn’t resist this one.
Listening to the radio this morning and Ed Milliband is giving a speech in Leeds.........
“blah, blah, regional powerhouse etc, etc, dynamic local economy blah, blah, great castle [!]”
Great caslte, I wonder where he’s thinking of [or how far back he can remember]? This from a man who has previously said “I lived in Leeds during formative years growing up
and became a long-suffering Leeds United fan.” With so much obvious local knowledge, do you think we should see if he wants to become a member?
    
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Postby dsco » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 1:30 pm

Hehe, love it! I wonder if there are outraged local historians in Kent fuming about this speech today too Regular Smiley
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Postby Leodian » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 1:35 pm

Perhaps he was thinking of the castle folly at Roundhay Park! Tongue
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Postby Cardiarms » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 1:40 pm

I'm suspicious, a deliberate gaffe and it gets repeated?
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Postby Steve Jones » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 2:10 pm

This website sums up the evidence neatly and gives references:

http://www.gatehouse-gazetteer.info/English%20sites/1745.html

so a possible motte and bailey timber castle might have existed.
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Postby j.c.d. » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 2:12 pm

we have North St.,East St and West St.was there ever a South St. ?.
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Postby Mark S » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 3:03 pm

if a castle did exist would it of not been on a hill or somewhere with a good vantage point to see the enemy coming and help with defence of it?

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Postby Cardiarms » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 3:16 pm

Not always, early motte and bailey 'castles' we're barely more than a refuge for a dozen people, not a stone fortress. The motte provided the height, the location usually used defensive features such rivers to one or both sides.
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Postby Mark S » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 3:33 pm

Fair point, wasnt there suppose to have been a Motte and Bailey Castle at Armley.

What did leeds have worth nicking or defending back then, to warrent a Motte and Bailey in that location.

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