Compiled from the writings of the late Richard H. H. Holmes.
THE WALLS AND ITS TOWERS
Resuming a circumambulation interrupted by a diversion commencing at the postern
door in the base of the Keep, we find on our left the western graft and
on the right some of the most impressive surviving masonry of the Castle
the western sections of the great wall, which in a score of splays,
enclosed the Castle Yard, with half a dozen towers along its length.
The first of these was Piper Tower (which Boothroyd annoys Holmes by calling
Pix Tower, having apparently read as x a sign accepted in those
days as a contraction for per). This faces Northgate and is the
only tower of which any appreciable remains still stand and that
notwithstanding that it was the only tower which gave way to the
besiegers, who, on 19th January 1645, pierced it at practically the
first attempt, a three day bombardment, delivered from across the graft,
at barely 40 yards range.
Piper Tower, it must here be noted, also had a postern door, and it was in the
ruins of this tower, at about this door, that three of the 1648
garrison, to whom quarter was refused at the surrender, were hidden,
making their escape on the following night.
he passes before the ruins of Gascoigne Tower the visitor finds the path
rising steadily, enabling him to cross easily the rough limestone core
remaining of the once so carefully faced boundary wall of the Castle