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Launceston Castle, Cornwall 33-d

Launceston Castle, Cornwall 33-d

Artist: Bulman, I

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Ktop IX

Item number: 33-d

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Launceston castle, built soon after the Norman Conquest and is mentioned in the Domesday book. It was well known as a stronghold- the round hill on which it stands being once surrounded by a triple wall. It was one of the principal castles of medieval Earls of Cornwall, and the county assizes were held there. By 1799 it was no longer in use except as the County Gaol. This view shows the curtain walls in ruins, part of the gatehouse still standing, and the shell keep on top of the mound is also a ruin

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