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  Kirkoswald Castle
on high ground, stands the Castle; the ruins are very scanty; the angle of what was once apparently been a high tower, and the ground thrown together in irregular heaps, now grown over with grass, are all that remain. A branch of the Northumberland Fetherstonhaughs is seated at the College in this town.
About three miles further, after traversing a pleasant road between fine hedge-rows and noble trees, we arrive on a black moor, where our eyes are greeted with the sight of

  Long Meg and Her Daughters

'A weight of awe not easy to be borne,
Fell suddenly upon my spirit, cast
From the dread bosom of the unknown past,
When first I saw that sisterhood forlorn:
And her, whose strength and stature seem to scorn
The power of years - pre-eminent, and placed
Apart to overlook the circle vast.'
The road passes through the midst of the circle, as also does a wall, forming the boundary of the common, thus injuring the effect of this mighty monument of British superstition. The stones, sixty-six in number, are of various sizes, some lying hid amidst the herbage, others standing erect, and forming a circle three hundred and fifty paces in circumference. On the south side, without the circle, stands Long Meg, a large upright stone, about fifteen feet round, and eighteen feet high, of unhewn freestone, which seems to have been brought from Lazonby Moor, all the rest being a kind of
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