The motte, or mound, of the Norman castle is located beneath a modern tall block of flats on Lansdowne Hill. The motte was restored and reused in the reconstruction of the late 14th century. In the mid-18th century the summit was occupied by a windmill and later by a small tower built from medieval worked stones. In 1805 the Marquis of Lansdowne built his mock castle here, which was demoilshed in 1818. Zion Chapel was constructed on the summit in 1823-4 and the circling road was called first Zion Hill and later Lansdowne Hill. The chapel and most of the dwellings were destroyed by enemy action in 1940.


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