A Timeworn Castle

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.

The entrance to the castle

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.

Ancient graffiti

Sophie using her phone torch to read the walls

Sophie using her phone torch to read some of the graffiti on the dungeon walls and stairs

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



22 thoughts on “A Timeworn Castle

    1. It is small but lovely Arlene. There are many others around here intact and some lived in by the same families for hundred of years. I love the history I find it fascinating. Thank you for commenting 😊

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    1. PS. Talking of Vimeo, you will enjoy the next word-prompt from me, it’s right up your street! Well, it is if it’s my turn, I can’t remember what we agreed!

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      1. You’re right, and I can put it on hold for now, besides my stuff adapts easily to either a prompt or a photo challenge and that’s because I can never make up my mind which one to use it for!

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  1. gc

    Great article Susan. The photos and the commentary and the video breathe life into the story. Your video tour reminds me of the “View Master” viewer which presented photos of interesting and exotic places. Thank you for sharing your creative work with us.

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  2. The number of castles and what’s left of them in the UK is astounding; I think it would be nigh on impossible to count the number of those still standing in some shape of form.
    As an Englishman, I’m ashamed to say, that I can only recall seeing one of them, and never bothered going inside.
    Was nice to sit there and chomp on a sandwich and look at the bridge, and the Thames, at lunch time though.

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    1. Hello Brian, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to Knaresborough but that was the first time I’d been inside the castle. Two other castles within an hour from me are Ripley near Ripon N Yorkshire and Skipton. Both are intact and are still lived in. We would love to explore further afield but school pick up times dictate how far we travel.

      We began exploring more of Yorkshire after I retired and when youngest daughter found herself free from children and work commitments for one day a week.

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      1. I’m not sure if I find/think of the old castles as exciting or frightening. I try to imagine all the horrors that they caused. the pain. and suffering. they inflicted on the unfortunates under their walls. I just can’t but feel that they must have been there. and it must have been horrendous for those ancestors of mine. who actually survived. to make my existence possible.

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      2. When my son was about nine and youngest daughter Sophie a teenager we visited the York dungeons for Sophie’s college history project.
        Everything was so real, actors and waxworks mingled together, the horrors that people endured back then was sickening. I was overcome with foreboding I felt as though I was there in the past, then our son began to feel the same way and started to cry. He and I were shown to an emergency exit and the hubby and daughter stayed with neither affected in the way we were.


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