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FimblesXDHello! I don't need to know how the castles themselves have changed but how what they're used for has changed.

This is what I've written so far-

During the 11th century when castles were first built by the Normans, their main purpose was to secure Williams hold over England. He built several, simple castles to intimidate people, conquer the country and ensure that the rebellions by the English people or his own followers would not succeed.
From the 11th century through to the 15th, the function of castles changed. They were used by Kings and barons against each other. This started as English landowners acting bitter towards the Normans who had land given to them and then, over the centuries, became rivalries between barons for land, as land meant power.
The function of castles changed again and they became a less violent way of showing power and wealth. They were stately homes that were converted to impressive buildings that were a little more comfortable to live in. This continued through the 18th century.
As people lost their interest in living in castles in the 19th century (to present) they became tourist attractions, art galleries and museums for example. Nottingham Castle was the first municipal art gallery to open in the UK outside London and is still used as a museum today.

A reply ASAP would be much appreicated! Thanks in advanced.

MariaSome castles were used during the first and second World Wars, either as hospitals or as weapons deposits. Maybe you could write about that too.
FimblesXDOoo... thanks! I didn't think of that.
PaulA fine example of a castle that was used for military purposes well after its construction is that of Dover castle in Kent, England which was used right up until the end of the cold war.


RickyA lot of the larger stone castles (Norwich and Lincoln are good examples) were used as prisons in the 18th/19th Centuries.

Others (like York) were used as Armouries in the same time period.

Few castles were used as actual miliitary defensive structures beyond about the 14th/15th Century, as new siege weaponry required new defensive buildings. Deal 'Castle' is a prime example of the new type of fortification - low-lying, with plenty of space for cannon.

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