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Scarborough Castle Review
There's been a clifftop stone fortress on this promontory between the North and South bays since 1136, when it was built by the Earl of Albemarle. Some stonework remains from a 4th century Roman signaling station on the site, and archaeological digs have uncovered evidence that prehistoric fortifications existed here as far back as 500 BC. In 1158, Henry II added the massive keep that dominates the existing ruins, along with the massive curtain walls that made the castle virtually impregnable. It remained largely unscathed until Cromwell's cannons did their worst during the Civil War. Further demolition came in 1914 when German warships shelled the town, and in 2012 when local vandals significantly damaged the Roman stonework. The castle has a spectacular panoramic view of the coast.
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