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Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

Photographer: Sedgfield, W. Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 142

Genre: Photograph

In his essay on Richmond Castle, William Howitt quotes from the Tudor historian William Camden: “ ‘The castle stands upon the south side of the hill, overhanging the river, with a large cataract just under it. A more inaccessible situation can hardly be conceived. The site is circular. On the north it was defended by a deep ditch and drawbridge...The prodigious rise of the ground conceals the entrance to the castle, the spacious arch of which may be seen within, stopped up under or near a square tower, ninety-nine feet high, of three stories, built by Conan, Earl of Richmond, in the twelfth century, with a large round column in the middle, which once supported the flooring. From its top is a most extensive prospect over Swaledale, a deep valley with rich pasture, between a chain of bleak, dreary hills, extending north to Stanemore, and west to Westmoreland. On the south side of the area was the chapel and hall. In the east wall, which is most entire, are two towers, called Robin Hood’s and the Golden Tower.’”

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

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