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The Closet Tower

All photographs Copyright 2006 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

The Closet Tower is the large tower at the extreme right of the photo.

 

Built in the 1460s, there are two ground-floor doors into the Closet Tower. The one on the right leads to a flight of stairs down through a further doorway into the basement, which is likely to have been designed as the castle's prison. It's only light and ventilation came from a long, narrow shaft descending steeply from a slender window. The door on the left leads to the ground floor of the Closet Tower. This well-lit room has a latrine and a fireplace, although the fireplace was much altered in the 19th century. There are gunloops below the windows. Both this room and that on the first floor may have been occupied by a senior officer of the household, such as the steward, the man responsible for the administration of the family estates. At the top of the tower, the second floor consists of a small square room with a fireplace and four small windows.

 

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