Bridgnorth-castle.JPG (12366 bytes)Bridgnorth Castle: is situated 40 km west of Birmingham in the Midlands of the United Kingdom. This beautiful town is situated on the Severn River. Bridgnorth has three claims to fame. It is the home of the Severn Valley Railway, has an unusual cliff railway that joins the upper and lower sections of the town and is the site of a ruined castle.
A 20-metre tower (see image) and other stonework is all that remains of a 900-year-old castle. In our United Kingdom visit (April 2002) we were constantly reminded of the history that almost oozes out of the ground. In Australia anything that is 150 years old is regarded as positively ancient. Of course this only applies to our European heritage. Aboriginal history goes back at least 40,000 years.
Meanwhile back at the castle. The tower leans at an angle of 15 degrees. This is three times greater than the angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Robert de Belleme who is reputed to have been a particularly nasty character founded the castle in 1101. Between 1155 and 1189 the castle was extended and strengthened by Henry II. In the reign of Edward I (1274 to 1307) the castle fell into decline.
In 1646, during the Civil War, parliamentary forces besieged the castle for 26 days. The siege ended when the castle was blown up, resulting in the present state of the tower. 
Throughout Great Britain if you see a ruined abbey or church then the chances are that Henry VIII wreaked the havoc. If you see a ruined castle or other fortification, then the odds are that it was the work of Oliver Cromwell in the time of the Civil War (1642-1651).