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Holt Castle - The Towers

It has always been difficult for people to envisage the footprint and full extent of the castle. Consequently, It might be useful to indicate to visitors the actual location on the ground of the five original towers and the barbican.

Unfortunately, many of the usual solutions are not suitable owing to the lie of the land at Holt and the regular flooding of the site each winter.

We approached the designers, Headland Design of Farndon, and asked them to work up some potential designs.

Holt Castle Tower Markers — Options

The options that follow are for a series of markers to indicate the locations of the five curtain wall towers and the barbican tower. All four design approaches for the markers would include the tower names and a visual representation of a known individual, an invented character or an event associated with the history of each of the towers.

Option 1 – steel tower

The tower shape is reflected in the 3-dimensional steel structure that would be suspended above the ground and protected from flood water. The design is hardwearing and robust, a modern intervention that illustrates the tower locations. Text and visuals would be engraved and printed onto the surface.

Option 2 – medieval banner

The design echoes the medieval banners that might have hung inside the castle. The text and the illustration of each representative figure would be colourful and eye-catching. The banners would allow a clear view of the castle remains and can be easily removed during winter months. Each banner would be fixed securely to its pole above the flood-line and would be easy to replace or update.

Option 3 – wooden 2D tower

The crenelated structures would be made of native hardwood and mounted onto a metal pole. The text and images of the associated individual(s) would be laser cut and engraved into the wood with colour added afterwards. The woodwork would finish above the flood-line and would be hardwearing and robust.

Option 4 – chainsaw carving

Each of the six towers would be illustrated by a different carved figure. The name of the tower would be incorporated into the carving and there might be space on the reverse for text. The finished carving would be securely fixed to the pole and set above the flood level.