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The Herringbone Wall

The early Norman Motte-and-Bailey Castle had a palisade, a timber wall that came down from the top of the mound to join the Lower Bailey. That palisade was replaced by the present stone Herringbone “curtain” Wall, (c.1180), which is said to be one of the finest examples of Norman herringbone masonry in the country.

The wall can be seen as you approach the ramp leading up to the Castle from the Castle grounds (the herringbone wall actually forms the support for  the ramp).