Bolton Castle is situated in the Yorkshire Dales 54 miles to the north west of York. Permission for the castle to be built was given by Richard II, and it was complete by 1399. (I wrote more about it’s history here) Quadrangular in design, it was built with defense in mind, and the living quarters… Read More Stories of Bolton Castle Part 2: Mary, Queen of Scots.
I hadn’t heard of Bolton Castle. It isn’t that much of a surprise, once you start learning about North Yorkshire and the shear number of castles that still mark the landscape today! We were staying in West Witton, on the other side of the valley and I spotted Bolton Castle across the valley. Solid, imposing,… Read More Stories of Bolton Castle, Part 1: A Brief History and a Wars of the Roses connection
For a parish church, tucked away in a quiet corner of Leicester, St. Mary de Castro has a surprising number of connections to some of the most famous people in English history, including Geoffrey Chaucer, King Henry VI, and King Richard III. It’s foundation dates to the 12th century when it was founded by Robert de Beaufort,… Read More The Historical Connections of St. Mary de Castro – Geoffrey Chaucer