“I thought there were more castles”

by David Murray on 20 February 2011

in Castles, Northern England

A few minutes ago I was bragging to myself about how many North of England castles I had mentioned here on the blog.  However, I must now confess that many of these have been more intention than action. I must improve my ways.

Last week I did mention Durham Castle in passing, but didn’t say anything much about it. Penrith Castle turned out to have been mentioned, but not here. It was on one of my other sites, The Lake District in Old Photos. I’ve referred briefly to Towneley Hall in Lancashire and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire; they’re old but not castles, although Towneley is castellated in design. Others have had passing reference, but the four with posts devoted to them, even if short, have been:

Muncaster Castle
I really enjoyed staying in their B&B a year or two ago.

Lowther Castle
This is a massive restoration project.

Kendal Castle
Home of the Parrs, from whom came Henry VIII’s last wife.

Ripley Castle
The Yorkshire home, near Harrogate, of the Ingilby family for over 700 years


Belvoir Castle Grantham Leicestershire

There are very many more to go for. I must, for example, write more than a brief mention of Newark Castle, near my current home. And not far away down the A1 is Belvoir Castle (shown here), the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

But coming back to the North, there is a long list of castles built to defend England against the Scots, and the coastal fortresses of Northumberland and Yorkshire especially. Mountains, rivers, lakes … and castles.  There’s so much to see and enjoy in the North of England.

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