SO3229 : Longtown Castle - the view from the keep

taken 1 year ago, near to Longtown, Herefordshire, Great Britain

Longtown Castle - the view from the keep
Longtown Castle - the view from the keep
Free to enter, the castle has real atmosphere, not least because of the absence of manicured lawns. There are mown paths, but that apart nature has the run of the place, as can be seen here. At Domesday in 1085 the land was recorded as belonging to Roger de Lacy, but there was no castle. Hugh de Lacy developed the first castle here in the mid-12th century and it was rebuilt in stone by his son Walter de Lacy around 1220 and it is this building we see today. Legend had it that this was a Roman site, and that remains were found when the adjoining school was built in 1868, but by the end of the last century it was thought unlikely. However, a detailed survey by English Heritage in 2002 did not rule this out.

The view from the keep shows the rear of the former school and then beyond the outer castle defences on the other side of the village street.
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 3210 2913 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:57.3896N 2:59.3701W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 3204 2916
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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