The North West View of Castleton Castle & the Devil's Arse in the Peak
Artist: S. B.
View of the hill above Castleton on which stands the ruins of Peveril's Castle. The castle has a very strong position, situated on the peak of a steep rock it was inaccessible and easy to defend. It was built by William Peveril who in 1066 became the Bailiff of the Royal Manors of the Peak. The keep is the oldest part of the castle and was originally 60 feet high and faced with fine gritstone blocks. The castle complex also included a Great Hall, private apartments and a large kitchen. The castle fell into disuse in the 17th century. The cavern to the right of the castle in this print is Peak's Cavern. The cavern is sometimes called the 'Devil's Hole' or the ‘Devils Arse’ because of its gloomy and atmospheric situation.