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LYDFORD CASTLE DEVON

The impressive motte & bailey medieval castle at Lydford, Dartmoor, W Devon, SW England, UK. A Saxon stronghold of strategic importance, Lydford had its own mint. Sections of late C9th Saxon ringwork & town banks of the burh remain, part of King Alfred's defences against Danes / Viking attacks. After Norman Conquest, Normans built a fort nearby of which just earthworks remain from c1195. In 1239 King Henry III granted Lydford to his brother, Richard Earl of Cornwall. Present tower rebuilt in C13th for use as a prison & courthouse. Lydford, an important stannary town, governed other Devon stannary towns under stannary law. This law was applied to govern numerous tin districts & tin miners who worked alluvial deposits nearby. Castle became notorious for harsh punishments, with one inmate calling it 'the most annoious, contagious and detestable place within this realm'.

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LYDFORD CASTLE DEVON

The impressive motte & bailey medieval castle at Lydford, Dartmoor, W Devon, SW England, UK. A Saxon stronghold of strategic importance, Lydford had its own mint. Sections of late C9th Saxon ringwork & town banks of the burh remain, part of King Alfred's defences against Danes / Viking attacks. After Norman Conquest, Normans built a fort nearby of which just earthworks remain from c1195. In 1239 King Henry III granted Lydford to his brother, Richard Earl of Cornwall. Present tower rebuilt in C13th for use as a prison & courthouse. Lydford, an important stannary town, governed other Devon stannary towns under stannary law. This law was applied to govern numerous tin districts & tin miners who worked alluvial deposits nearby. Castle became notorious for harsh punishments, with one inmate calling it 'the most annoious, contagious and detestable place within this realm'.

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