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A castle has been found under Gloucester prison's basketball court

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Rowan
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A castle has been found under Gloucester prison's basketball court

Postby Rowan » Tue December 8th, 2015, 10:10 pm

60 cm below the land surface. That's like 2 feet!! Amazing!!! Anyone hear of a name for this castle? "Like the Tower of London" and "resembles Canterbury Castle" aren't enough. :P

More details have been revealed about the castle 'similar to the Tower of London' which lies beneath the basketball court at Gloucester prison.

The keep walls of the Norman castle have been found underneath the basketball court with other sections of the castle expected to be under other buildings at the site.

The castle dates back to 1110 and was found by archaeologists who are investigating the site ahead of a new development on the site.

Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology, Neil Holbrook, said: "I am surprised by what we found; I knew there was a castle but I had expected more of it to have been destroyed."


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Lisa
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Re: A castle has been found under Gloucester prison's basketball court

Postby Lisa » Wed December 9th, 2015, 12:38 pm

That's really cool! They keep unearthing things right now, I just saw that a Bronze Age settlement has been discovered under the shifting sands in Orkney.

And with walls 12 feet thick... they should have just kept using the castle as the prison, no-one's going to break out of that!

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Rowan
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Re: A castle has been found under Gloucester prison's basketball court

Postby Rowan » Wed December 9th, 2015, 3:39 pm

I know, right? Lol

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Re: A castle has been found under Gloucester prison's basketball court

Postby Madeleine » Wed December 9th, 2015, 7:44 pm

Yep they don't build 'em like that anymore ;)
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