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Launceston Castle (Launceston)

Launceston Castle is an impressive castle doninating the old town of Launceston in Cornwall.

The first castle here, on top of the high mound, was built of wood in the Norman period by Robert of Mortain. It was replaced with a stone castle by Richard of Cornwall.

It has a shell keep with a round tower inside, and a strongly protected passageway to the keep from the gatehouse.

Under the gatehouse is a room where George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, was imprisoned in 1656. He had refused to remove his hat in court.

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