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Rougemont Castle (Exeter)

Rougemont Castle is the surviving part of the Norman castle in Exeter.

The "rouge" element refers to the red sandstone of which the castle, along with many other buildings locally, is built.

Exeter was one of the first major cities which William the Conqueror successfully besieged in1086, when subduing England after the Battle of Hastings. The siege lasted for 18 days.

William personally paced out the dimensions of the castle, where there were previously Celtic earthworks.

Today, only part of the keep and gatehouse survive, but close by are two delighful public parks, Rougemont Gardens and Northernhay. Another tower close by is called Athelstan's Tower.

Rougemont Castle is mentioned by William Shakespeare in "Richard III".

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