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Which by some is construed ambiguously, and to signify that his fortune was made by so great an acquisition. Yet round the castle there was no more than eight score acres of arable land, worth four-pence each; forty of meadow, worth twelve-pence; three cottrels, or cottages, worth twelve-pence each; and a water-mill, worth twenty-shillings yearly. The finishing of this noble pile was reserved for Roger de Clifford, great-grandson of the first Roger. He enjoyed his vast fortunes in peace, was a lover of architecture, built the eastern part of the castle, and caused his own arms, and those of his wife Maude, daughter of Beauchamp earl of Warwick, to be cut in stone: a pool to this day bears the name of the Lady. He died in 1391. An upper room in one of the towers, a curious octagon, is a proof of his taste; as is an arched apartment in another, supported by an elegant octagonal pillar, with eight ribs diverging from its capital along the roof. Francis earl of Cumberland here entertained James I. during three days, in 1617, on his return from his last progress into Scotland. From that time it fell into decay, till it was restored by its

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