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Norman settlement in Ireland

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A brief look at Norman settlement in Ireland.

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Norman settlement in Ireland

  1. 1. Norman settlement in Ireland
  2. 2.  The Normans built many settlements in Ireland when the invaded the country in the 12th century.
  3. 3. Where did the Normans settle?
  4. 4. In the East and South The Normans came to Ireland from England and Wales. So they landed on the east and south coasts of Ireland. Ireland at that time had veryfew roads and lots of forest. This prevented the Normansfrom moving too far from their landing places. They settled in the east and south.
  5. 5. Fertile land Land was very important to the Normans. Good land was vital for growing food. Crops could be grown andcattle could be raised andsold for profit. Normans usually settled onflat or gently sloping lowlandswith fertile soil.
  6. 6. Near rivers The Normans usually settled near rivers.Why?Water for drinking.Transport routes.Defensive moats.
  7. 7. Defensive sites The Normans feared attack from the Irish people. They lived in or close to castles for defense.
  8. 8. Clues for finding a Norman town A castle A motte Town walls or towers Old abbeys, monasteries or friaries. Norman placenames: castle, manor, or park.

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