button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, vol.2 p.121

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vol.2 p.121
About three miles further stand the ruins of Scaleby-castle. This was another of those fortified houses, which are so frequent in this country.
It stands, as castles rarely do, on a flat; and yet, tho it's site be ill adapted to any modes of defence, it has been a place of more than ordinary strength. Rocks, knolls, and bold projecting promontories, on which castles usually stand, suggest various advantages of situation; and generally determine the kind of structure. On a flat, the engineer was at liberty to choose his own. Every part was alike open to assault.
He first drew two circular motes round the spot he designed to fortify: the circumference of the outward circle was about a mile.
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