KNARESBOROUGH: A 12th Century Castle

Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire stands high on a cliff above the River Nidd.

The castle was first built by a Norman baron in c. 1100 on a cliff above the River Nidd. There is documentary evidence dating from 1130 referring to works carried out at the castle by Henry I. In the 1170s Hugh de Moreville and his followers took refuge there after assassinating Thomas Becket.Wikipedia

 

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

In 1205 King John took control of Knareborough Castle.  He regarded Knaresborough as an important northern fortress and spent £1,290 on improvements to the castle.   The castle was later rebuilt at a cost of £2,174 between 1307 and 1312 by Edward I and later completed by Edward II, including the great keep.    

John of Gaunt    acquired the castle in 1372, adding it to the vast holdings of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The castle was taken by Parliamentarian troops in 1644 during the Civil War, and largely destroyed in 1648 not as the result of warfare, but because of an order from Parliament to dismantle all Royalist castles. Indeed, many town centre buildings are built of ‘castle stone’.    –Wikipedia

 

Since this post is really about Doors, that’s enough of the history for now.

(Oh, the castle also has a Royal Keeper of the Ravens whom I met (yes, I spoke with both the ravens and their keeper. But that’s for another post.)

 

Let’s have a look at some doors:

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle Yorkshire

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

 

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle doors

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

 

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle doors

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

 

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle doors

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

 

This last one led to subterranean quarters which on an even lower level contained the dungeons. How dark and damp they must have been.

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle, doors

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

 

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KNARESBOROUGH: Castle Yorkshire

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle ©HelenBushe

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