Introduction Middleham Castle is a 12th Century fortress located in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Whilst ruinous, most of its walls are still in tact and it remains a formidable sight. It sits on a hill above the town of the same name, located on the A6108, 2 miles from the town of Leyburn, and 45 miles… Read More Part One: The Construction of Middleham Castle
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