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posted 07-24-2001 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HogwartsCastle   Click Here to Email HogwartsCastle     Edit/Delete Message
I'm intrested in how castles are built, and want to learn more about it. I need reccomendations on good books, websites, etc. that explain the basics and realistically how to do it. I really don't know anything right now, but building a castle of my own isn't an immediate prospect since I am only 15, though that is my eventual plan. Any replies would be helpful!

Erik Schmidt
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posted 07-26-2001 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know how much you have read about castles, but most castle books give basic details about how they were built.

They were built using varying materials such as brick, rammed earth, rough stone, semi and fully cut stone, tapia(lime concrete) and timber. Mainly, ofcourse, they were built with stone and I guess that's the sort of material you are interested in.

A good place to start would be books on stonemasonry, keeping in mind that they used lime mortar(not cement motar) when building castles.

"The Art of the Stonemason" by Ian Cramb is good, as well as
"Irish Stone Walls : History Building Conservation" by Patrick McAfee

Also, read past posts on this forum.

I find it difficult to get good information on some aspects of castle construction. No-one has yet produced a comprehensive book on the subject that I know of. Info from archaeological excavations can sometimes be useful.
Visiting castles, particularly ruined or part-ruined ones, can be very informative. So save up for a trip before saving up to start building. There are volunteer programs and courses run which allow you to work on castles and similar structures.
For example;


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