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Monday Morning, The Motte at Slievenamon

slievenamon Motte 3
The Motte at Slievenamon , County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Motte

This morning it felt like Spring for the first time here in Ireland, we have a good chance of a period of sunny days for the entire week and it was a wonderful Morning.

I took the chance to visits our nearest Mountain Slievenamon and walk around its lower paths and fields, one of these fields contains the remains of an old Norman Motte. From the top of which you get some wonderful views of the Landscape around this area.

A Motte is the foundations for a motte-and-bailey castle with consisted of a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade. These castles were built across northern Europe from the 10th century onwards, spreading from Normandy and Anjou in France, into the Holy Roman Empire in the 11th century. The Normans introduced the design into England and Wales following their invasion in 1066. Motte-and-bailey castles were adopted in Scotland and Ireland.

This is a location I will return to many times this year just to capture how the seasons effect the look of this wonderful setting.


slievenamon Motte 1

slievenamon Motte 2

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10 responses

  1. Spring has sprung in Ireland! Beautiful images, Nigel. πŸ™‚

    March 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you !! , yes at last we look to have a very clear week πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

  2. Wow how beautiful, I love the purple hue of the mountains. πŸ™‚

    March 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    • Hello Michelle πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      • πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

        March 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  3. Beautiful images Nigel and the colours are amazing, especially the purple hue πŸ™‚

    March 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Yes all the mountain heathers and mosses , it just wonderful at this tim eof year !!

      March 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  4. poppytump

    That IS lovely Nigel . Isn’t marvellous to wake up to such a day and know it’s all out there waiting for you capture πŸ™‚ and as you say the week ahead is looking very promising for more walks like this !

    March 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  5. Lovely photos, Nigel! I know as much about mottes as anyone who watched “Time Team” regularly – how fascinating is archaeology !!! All future visits here will be much appreciated.

    March 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  6. Please send spring our way, Nigel! Beautiful shots.

    March 10, 2014 at 11:58 pm

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