Launceston Castle

Following our adventure in Britain, our plan was to relocate to Tasmania and rent a house in Launceston while we searched for a property of our own. Little did we know, in the early 19th century, Launceston had been given the name of the town in Cornwall (although there it is pronounced ‘lawn-sten’). Known as the Gateway to Cornwall, Launceston is just across the border from Devon and so, to control the river crossing, a castle was built soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Originally a wooden structure, the castle is set high on a grassy mound and was replaced with a circular stone keep in the 12th century.

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We wandered around the castle, marvelling at the stonework from so long ago.

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The views across the town and the Tamar Valley were breathtaking.

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From the top, the remains of the moat are evident.

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By the middle of the 17th century, after the Civil War, the castle was virtually in ruins

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and large parts of the wall are now missing.

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In the 19th century, the castle area was landscaped and turned into a public park.

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We ended our perfect day with a pint at the Bell Inn, a three storey 15th century Inn reputed to be the oldest public house in Launceston.

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It doesn’t get much better than that.

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