8. The Peak Castle, Derbysire (1176)details

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8. The Peak Castle, Derbysire (1176), in Peveril Castle, Castleton, Derbyshire, England more

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Image title: 8. The Peak Castle, Derbysire (1176)
Source: Gotch, J. Alfred: “The Growth of the English House” (1909)
Keywords: castles, plans, architecture, colour
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“The keep itself, which was built in 1176, is very similar in arrangement to the peel-towers of the Scottish border and to the towers which elsewhere formed the nucleus of many fortified houses. It probably represents the first step in domestic planning, and may be regarded as one of the earliest ancestors of the great houses of later centuries.

It consisted of two main floors (Figs. 8, 9); beneath the lower was perhaps a store-room, although this is not certain. The debris with which the lower part of the building is filled has not been investigated; excavation might determine whether there ever was a cellar, and also whether there was any internal communication with a natural cave or passage which undoubtedly passes through the rock beneath it, and from which a tortuous and difficult descent can be made to the great Peak Cavern which is approached along the gorge so frequently mentioned.” (pp 17, 18)

Peak Castle is more commonly known as Peveril Castle.

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Dimensions: 72 x 36mm (2.8 x 1.4 inches)
Place shown: Peveril Castle, Castleton, Derbyshire, England
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