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Favorite thing: There are, as you'd expect, many things of interest inside, none of which you're allowed to photograph but, somehow, these couple of snaps fell into my hands.

Fondest memory: There's the tidal clock. Made by Roger Wearn in the late 18th century you can tell the tide times by checking the position of the moon at the top of the clock face; a very important asset if you lived on this island.
There's the armoury, mainly hung with sporting weapons (pic 1) and military trophies with the piece de resistance being an early breech loading cannon that was found under the floor near the castle door. The barrel is made of oak bound with iron. One couldn't help but wonder how long that would last under pressure.
In the Chevy Chase room, so named after the plaster frieze that has hunting scenes based on the mediaeval Ballad of Chevy Chase, the ceiling timbers are mainly 15th century while the floor was laid in 1723 when the local ladies asked that it should be "planched for dancing". There's also several pieces of armour from the siege by Cromwell's troops in 1646.
The church (pic 2), still regularly used for public worship, is set upon the rock which forms the summit of the island.
On the balustrade at the top of the steps leading itno the church is mounted a much-restored head of a Gothic lantern cross (pic 3), carved with the VIrgin and Child, the Crucifixion and the heads of a pilgrim and a king.

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  • Written Dec 1, 2005
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