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TALL TOWERS THAT DEFEND THE CASTLE GATES OF RAGLAN AND WARWICK

TALL TOWERS THAT DEFEND THE CASTLE GATES OF RAGLAN AND WARWICK

The heavy machicolation of the gate-towers of Raglan (left) is very noticeable and is of the fifteenth century. Caesar's tower (right) is the left-hand of two towers defending the fourteenth century gateway to Warwick Castle, the other tower being called Guy's. Caesar's Tower stands upon solid rock close to the bed of the river and rises 147 feet. It is probably contemporary with the gateway and was built by Thomas Beauchamp. A gateway is encountered before reaching these towers, but it only dates from 1800, and the walls seen above are the outer defence of the castle proper. This stands on an Anglo-Saxon mound and its foundations have Norman work. The fortifications are fourteenth century and contain a grand 17th cent, mansion.

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