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ROUGEMONT CASTLE  (S3x32) Duncan Brown  RSCDS Book 48   1- 4 1s cross (RH) down through 3s & cast up to 2 nd  place opposite sides (2s step up bars 3-4)      5- 8 1L dance ½ fig. of 8 up through 2s as 1M dances ½ fig. of 8 down through 3s  2 1 3   9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Cross&Rotate:    9-10 All cross RH to face clockwise   11-12 All chase clockwise to lines across, Ladies at top 13-14 All cross RH to face clockwise   15-16 All chase clockwise to sidelines (3)(1)(2)   17-22 3s+1s+2s dance Chain R&Ls (as in The Cashmere Shawl) for 6 bars:   17-18 1s (in 2 nd  place) cross RH with person diagonally right   19-20 3L & 2M (now in 2 nd  place) cross LH with person diagonally left 21-22 2L & 3M (now in 2 nd  place) cross RH with person diagonally right 23-24 2s cross RH as 1s+3s ½ turn RH into Allemande hold 25-32 1s+3s Allemande  2 3 1 “Cross & Rotate” was named by Rudolf Spagele of Germany “Chain Rights & Lefts” was devised by Iain Boyd of Wellington, NZ and first appeared in The Cashmere Shawl.
Exeter Castle – commonly known as Rougemont, after the red hill on which it stands – may now have no official royal connection, but early monarchs did visit it – often without invitation… First, there came William The Conqueror (King of England from 1066-1087), whose unrelenting attack on Exeter in 1068 lasted for 18 days. He selected Rougemont (the site of Exeter’s original castle, which had been destroyed in 1003) as the site for a new, bigger and more fortified castle than Exeter had ever seen, to maintain control over the city. Nearly 70 years later, in 1136, Exeter was under siege again, this time during an uprising against King Stephen. This one lasted longer – three months – and saw the castle suffer extensive damage. In 1232, another uninvited royal guest arrived - Henry III - who seized Exeter Castle and gave it to his younger brother, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. in 1337, when Edward, the eldest son of King Edward III. was created Duke of Cornwall, this castle, with a small district adjoining, was made part of the duchy, which has been ever since vested in the heir apparent to the Crown. But Rougemont’s most notorious royal visitor (who had been invited!) was Richard III, whose visit in 1483 is immortalised by William Shakespeare: “Richmond! When last I was at Exeter, The mayor in courtesy show’d me the castle, And call’d it Rougemont: at which name I started, Because a bard of Ireland told me once I should not live long after I saw Richmond.” Richard III, Shakespeare Devon's county court was located here from at least 1607 - the gaol is said to have been removed here from Bicton, in 1518 - and the three Devon Witches—the last people in England to be executed for witchcraft—were tried here in the 1680s. The castle did not play a major role during the Civil War, although in late 1642 Parliament authorised the City of Exeter to use £300 of public funds to fortify the city and perform repairs to the castle. Despite there being at least four artillery batteries at the castle, the city fell to the Royalists in 1643, then to the Parliamentarians in 1646. During part of the war the gatehouse was used as a prison. All the buildings inside the walls were swept away in the 1770s to make way for a new courthouse, which was extended by the addition of wings in 1895 and 1905. Because of its function as a court, and as the seat of royal power in the county, the interior of the castle was not open to the public until the court moved to a new site in 2004. The entire site has since been sold to a developer whose stated aim is to transform it into "the Covent Garden of the South West", and some public functions are now held there. Other notable events that took place at the castle included a Monsieur St Croix making the first hot-air balloon ascent in Exeter from the Castle yard in June 1786; and on 15 May 1832 the first Annual Exhibition of the Devon Agricultural Society, the forerunner of the Devon County Show, was held here.