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Map of England A small-scale ordnance map showing most of England; Scarborough, on the northeast coast, is highlighted in red. Image reproduced with permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. 1

Map of York and Scarborough A mid-scale ordnance map of Yorkshire, showing the area between York and Scarborough. Image reproduced with permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. 2

Map of Area Around Scarborough A large-scale ordnance map of the coast near Scarborough, showing the castle headland, town, and harbor. Falsgrave can be seen inland, to the southwest. Image reproduced with permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.3

Photo a map of castle hill Closeup of an old ordnance map of castle hill, including just the area around the keep and inner bailey. Rows of lines taper downhill, to show the ditch outside the bailey wall and the steep slopes outside the castle walls. 4

Photo an ordnance map of the peninsula An old ordnance map of the peninsula from above, made in 1910. The cliffs, beaches, and much of the town are included. 5

Photo of a middle distance birds eye view of the peninsula A middle-distance birdseye view of the peninsula from the southwest. The level, grassy field that tops the headland is edged with cliffs, and with the curtain wall on the near side. The afternoon sun casts the keep's shadow across the bailey wall onto the field. The square ditches and earthworks from the Roman signal tower can be seen at the cliff edge and the foundations of the Great Hall in the field, while the King's Chambers nestle against the curtain wall by the brick-faced tower. 6

Photo of a birds eye view of the peninsula A birdseye view of the peninsula from the southwest, showing the harbor, much of the town, and the extent to which the castle headland sticks out into the sea. 7

Post card of castle From a drawing by Ivan Lapper of how Scarborough Castle might have looked around 1350, occupied and busy. The service buildings (stables, brewery, armoury, etc.) are shown around the walls of the inner bailey. The Great Hall has a raised roof along the two lines of posts whose bases remain, and the kitchen is separate but connected. One oddity is that the walls are entirely open at the ends of the ditch, which seems very unlikely. 8

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