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English Heritage, Launceston Castle
English Heritage, Launceston Castle

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

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.

English Heritage, Launceston Castle

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English Heritage, Launceston Castle

Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7DR England

01566 772365

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  • @EnglishHeritage, 14 October 2019

    The walls of the 19th-century cell block at Richmond Castle are covered in thousands of drawings and inscriptions, and include pieces by conscientious objectors imprisoned at the castle during the First World War. #ThanksToYou, their stories can be told.