Alright, I know it’s not a castle, but…

By: shortfinals

Dec 07 2008

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Category: Castles, England

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Base of tower, York

Eboracum, Jorvik, York; many names, one glorious city. The Romans, Vikings and Normans all valued its strategic location at the confluence of the Fosse and Ouse Rivers, and the place is like a giant layer cake of history. It has over 2 .5 miles of city walls (which you are encouraged to walk), and fortifications galore. I was taken with the remains of this tower close by the River Ouse. The arrow slits in the curved tower walls have rounded ends; these are called oillets, and it means that they are from the 13th century at the earliest. Sorry about the rushed shot, I was being rained on at the time!

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