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RICHMOND'S IMPREGNABLE WALLS RISE OUT OF SHEER ROCK ABOVE THE RUSHING SWALE

RICHMOND'S IMPREGNABLE WALLS RISE OUT OF SHEER ROCK ABOVE THE RUSHING SWALE

Tins Yorkshire castle was always considered untakable from its position. For the same reason the motte or central mound never was a feature of Richmond since, one might say, the entire castle, which once enclosed five acres, was in itself one huge "motte," in which rock and wall blended to form a fortress which had little to fear in a siege save ultimate starvation. It was iounded by the first earl of Richmond, Alan Rufus, who died in 1089, and some of his work still exists in the enceinte, one of the chapels and the Scolland's Hall. The keep is later work, but still Norman, with walls eleven feet thick. It commands one of the finest prospects to be seen from any castle in the land.

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