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Launceston Castle, Cornwall 33-e

Launceston Castle, Cornwall 33-e

Engraver: Jukes, F.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: Ktop IX

Item number: 33-e

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the mound and ruined keep of Launceston Castle in Cornwall. It was 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.

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