Totnes Castle has loomed large over the south Devon town for almost 1,000 years. Built by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, it was a show of strength against the local Saxon population.
The castle was originally built of timber - the stone walls replaced the wood in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Managed by English Heritage, Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in England. These are the steps up to the keep.
"This was a piece of architectural bullying," said Steve Deacon, one of the staff at Totnes Castle. "It was built to deter any possible rebellion."
"William the Conqueror was afraid of uprisings from the Saxons down here. This castle was built to say 'If you step out of line, we are here'," said Steve.
"Totnes was a very wealthy town and there would have been the means to fund a rebellion," added Steve.
William the Conqueror handed Totnes to one of his commanders, Juhel, and he built the castle to keep an eye on the surrounding area and River Dart.
From the top of the ramparts, there are stunning views of the area. The castellations afforded the Normans cover while also providing holes for them to fire their weapons through.
The Normans introduced castles to England - before their arrival, hill forts were used.
The motte-and-bailey was built on a grass mound. This photo shows the outer bailey, where small homes would have housed Juhel's men. There would also have been a supplies store.
The castle has an inner bailey (courtyard) and keep. The watchtower has gone, but the toilet built by the Normans - a hole in one of the walls - is still there.
The motte, with the walls built in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The castle dominates the town - these cottages are right beside the entrance to the castle.
The keeper of the castle on the day BBC Devon visited was this cat, which was patrolling the entrance! Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/totnes-castle/ All photos: BBC Devon.
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