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Carisbrooke Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Built on the site of a Roman fort, this hilltop castle has a well-preserved polyonal shell keep on a motte and an unusually complete circuit of 12th century curtain walls with full access to the wall-walks. There are surrounding 16th century earthwork defences and two early towers are embedded in bastions of that period, whilst there is a 14th century barbican gateway. Parts of the domestic buildings of various periods are still roofed, including a hall, chapel and a well-house with a donkey-powered winding wheel for the bucket.  Here King Charles I was kept prisoner prior to his trial and execution in London in 1649.

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Written by  Mike Salter.

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