English Heritage, Launceston Castle

Image credit: Launceston Castle, English Heritage. Skyscan Balloon Photography

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Castle or defences in Cornwall

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Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656.

Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7DR England


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