A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727.
Here is an excerpt from his entry on Framlingham, Suffolk:
“Framlingham is situate North of Aldburgh, a large Town, well-built, and pleasantly seated near the head of the River Ore. It has a spacious Market-place; the Church is built of black Flint, and is a very stately and noble Edifice, wherein several of the Mowbrays Dukes of Norfolk lie buried. The Castle is a fair piece of Antiquity, being a large, beautiful and strong Building; and containing within the Walls now standing an Acre 1 Rood, 11 Perches, and was formerly much larger. Its Walls are 44 Feet high, and thick, and are standing pretty intire; and it has 13 Towers, 14 Feet higher than the Walls, two of which are Watch-towers. It was both by Art and Nature formerly very strong. There are two good Alms-houses, and a Free-school, founded by Sire Robert Hitcham (who is interred at the Church) for 40 poor Boys, who are taught to read, write and cast Accounts, and 10l. is given to settle each of them Apprentice. This Gentleman bought of the Duke of Norfolk the Castle, Manor etc. and gave them to Pembroke-hall in Cambridge. To this Castle Queen Mary I retired, when the Lady Jane was proclaimed Queen by the Northumberland faction.”
A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is now in the British Library