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Carisbrooke Castle; the Gateway

Carisbrooke Castle; the Gateway

Photographer: McLean & Melhuish

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1862

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 193

Length: 6.9

Width: 6.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“About a mile west of Newport, the remains of this ancient castle stand on a steep, circular, and apparently artificial hill. This knoll was probably raised by the ancient British on the summit of a range of chalk hills, which command an extensive view….In the sixth century it is stated to have been a place of great strength, and to have had a well in the interior no less than three hundred and ten feet deep, which has since been filled up, there being another in the castle-yard of nearly the same depth. The old castle covered less than two acres of ground, but, from successive additions, especially in the reign of Elizabeth, its remains cover about twenty acres.”

Excerpt from “Carisbrooke Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.

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