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The Gaol

The Gaol occupies the lowest chamber of Caesar's Tower built in the 14th century, and was the original castle dungeon.
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The Gaol occupies the lowest chamber of Caesar's Tower built in the 14th century, and was the original castle dungeon. Leading from a hatch in the ground at the base of the tower, a single flight of steps provides the only way into, and out of, the Gaol.

A single open drain running across the floor provided the only means of sanitation, whilst the only light to penetrate the gloom came from a tiny shaft high on the wall and from a small window in a chamber behind an iron grill. It was from behind this grill that a guard could observe the prisoners.