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Castles

A selection of some of the more significant castles within day trip distance of any of our cottages. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Pickering Castle
Pickering Castle Raised shortly after the Norman Conquest, Pickering was an early motte and bailey castle. A simple, timber construction built on top of a grassy mound, surrounded by earthen banks and ditches. The remains of the stone buildings now sitting on top of the mound, and scattered around the inner bailey, date from the 13th century, and the curtain wall with its three towers date from the reign of Edward II.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
or www.theheritagetrail.co.uk.
Helmsley Castle
Helmsley CastleHelmsley Castle has towered over the picturesque market town for over 900 years. Originally a Medieval Castle, a Tudor mansion was added in the 1600s, before Cromwells men, in a show of power, blew up the great keep, slicing it in half and leaving the dismembered remains to look down on the town as a permanent reminder.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
or www.theheritagetrail.co.uk.
Scarborough Castle
Scarborough Castle Scarborough Castle is situated on an almost triangular headland that rises 300ft above the sea. There is evidence of Iron Age settlements and the remains of a Roman signal station on the site.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
or www.theheritagetrail.co.uk.
Skipsea Castle
Skipsea Castle

Earthworks are all that remain of this Norman motte and bailey castle, built around 1086. The castle was an unusual design. The motte was surrounded by a ditch, and was separated from its bailey by a marsh, spanned by a wooden causeway.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk

Clifford Tower, York
Clifford Tower Clifford's Tower is all that remains of York Castle. The motte was raised in 1069-70, and was originally topped with a wooden tower. In 1190, this tower was burned down during anti-Jewish riots, killing many Jews who were inside. The height of the motte was increased and the tower was rebuilt in stone, but this was blown down by a severe gale in 1228.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
or www.theheritagetrail.co.uk.
Richmond Castle
Richmond Castle Richmond Castle is dramatically sited at the top of a high cliff overlooking the River Swale. The castle uniquely contains two types of keep, Scolland's Hall, an early French style 11th century keep, and the much taller, 12th century tower keep that still dominates the castle.

Further information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
or www.theheritagetrail.co.uk.
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