My home county of Yorkshire, England is also the home to a number of ancient castles and abbeys. Some are partially ruined while others remain intact.
The time-worn ruins of Knaresborough Castle in the little town of Knaresborough, sit high upon on the cliff top, and feature awe-inspiring views of the picturesque River Nidd.
Knaresborough, a place I visit often to take advantage of the riverside walks, cafes, the lively street market and small hidden away shops, is a half hour drive from my home.
My most recent visit was a week or so ago with my two youngest daughters. The toddlers were in day nursery and as it was a beautiful day we took the opportunity to have a grown-up morning out, and although Lizzy had her baby with her we managed to enjoy a peaceful, adult picnic in the castle grounds.
Only a small part of the castle remains intact, but for a small fee, the general public can see inside. When Lizzy took baby Alice for a stroll around the extensive grounds, Sophie and I enthusiastically explored the castle and its museum.
The castle houses a dungeon and a hidden tunnel and was once a stronghold of medieval kings. Built around 1100, and in use as a castle until 1648 when it was largely destroyed due to an order from Parliament to dismantle all Royalist castles.
Throughout its history, the castle has been Royal control or held directly by the crown. Today it belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster and is managed by Harrogate Borough Council.
One of the most interesting finds for us was the ancient graffiti carved on the walls of the steps to the dungeons, apparently carved by the dungeon guards.
Within the grounds and just yards from the castle is the small castle museum that showcases a rare, original Tudor Courtroom where suspected criminals faced a public trial.
The pictures above are of the Tudor courtroom and show the trapdoor where the unfortunate prisoners were brought up from the dungeons below.
A person could find himself here simply because he milked a neighbour’s cow without permission!
I have more pictures of the castle and of Knaresborough, though not necessarily taken on the same day, I choose to show them here in a photo video and take advantage of the free space available on Vimeo.
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the photo challenge time-worn from our other site Weekly Prompts http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/06/30/photo-challenge-timeworn