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Whittaker conceives it to have been the Setantiorum Portus of Ptolemy. 'At this time,' he says. 'an attentive eye will scarcely discover, in the oldest remaining buildings, any vestiges of architecture prior to the time of Charles II.' - The Castle well deserves the inspection of the visitor, to whom the interior is accessible at all reasonable hours. The Gateway - which is about 66 feet in height, flanked by two octagonal turrets, surmounted by watch towers, and defended by a triple row of machiolations - is appropriated to John O'Gaunt by the arms of himself and his royal father. In the niche in the facade of this tower - a statue of 'Time-honoured Lancaster' has lately been inserted. It is the work of a native sculptor. The new buildings, including the two splended Courts, were commenced in 1788, and completed at an expence to the county of £40,000.
  St Mary, Lancaster
The Church is an edifice chiefly erected in the 12th century. It is 143 feet in length, 58 feet in breadth, and 40 feet in height. It combines well with the Castle, of which, when viewed from a distance, it almost seems a part. The most valuable relics, the Stalls, have, says Whittaker, 'been probably removed from some more stately building.' The seats are carved underneath with grotesque figures more creditable to the artistic talent than to the delicacy of the age: they are now properly protected. From the Church-yard, as well as from the Castle terrace, the most beautiful views of the River, the Bay, and the Lake Mountains, are obtained.
  Skerton Bridge
Bridges.- The Bridge which formerly spanned the Lune, near the present quay, was of very ancient origin. It has been supposed to be coeval with the sojourn here of the Romans. Other topographers give the Danes the credit for it. There our Saxon ancestors, in a recess supported by projecting rows of corbels, sat, it has been
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