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  Dartmouth Castle
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Dartmouth Castle juts out at the entrance to the Dart estuary. This well-positioned castle was one of the earliest in England and was specifically designed to carry guns. Construction began in the late 15th century when the local merchants felt vulnerable to possible invasion, and wanted a way to protects their warehouses and cargoes.

Dartmouth Castle consists of a round tower, built mainly of limestone rubble, and a square tower constructed of slate. The round tower was built first but, prior to its completion, work commenced on the square tower which explains possibly why slate was used for the upper parts of the round tower when the two were joined together. Gun platforms stretch out from either side of the towers.

Despite an invasion in 1646, Dartmouth has survived in a remarkable state of preservation. Some major alterations and additions took place during the 16th and 17th centuries to improve the castle.

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Address: At the entrance to the Dartmouth Estuary
Directions: Take the ferry from Dartmouth - runs frequently throughout the day.
Website: http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/england/dartmouth/dartmouth.php

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  • Written Aug 8, 2004
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