08 June, 2013

Knaresborough Castle

I visited the lovely little Yorkshire town of Knaresborough again this week, and unlike the last time I was there in September 2008, managed not to delete all my photos of the place from my camera before I'd uploaded them to my laptop.  ;-)  Knaresborough was one of the many castles and lands given by Edward II to Piers Gaveston when the king made Piers earl of Cornwall on 6 August 1307.  The two men were there from 9 to 12 September 1307, and met there on 13 January 1312 after Piers' return from his third exile (and see also here for the aftermath of his return).

The ruins of the castle stand in a public park.  Both times I've been there, plenty of local inhabitants have been using the space, walking their dogs, sitting on the benches, paying their respects at the war memorial which is also there, kids playing football, and so on.  I really like the way it feels as though the castle is part of the community.

Beneath the castle: the River Nidd, railway bridge and Marigold Café and Boating.





























A latrine shaft :-)

The railway bridge; the castle ruins are on a hill on the other side of it.


Two pics of the parish church of St John the Baptist in Knaresborough, which was first mentioned in 1114, so was already at least 200 years old in Edward II's time.

10 comments:

Vishnu P Nair said...

Wonderful pictures :)

Kathryn Warner said...

Thank you, Vish :-)

Anerje said...

Oh I envy - would love to visit it. What a shame so little of it remains. Brilliant pictures!

Satima Flavell said...

I have (comparitively!) recent Dead Rellies from Knaresborough, but I've never been able to squash in a visit, so many thanks for the lovely pics!

Sami Parkkonen said...

Thank God there are no castles near where I live, otherwise my life would spent pretty much wandering around old stones and stuff.

Kasia Ogrodnik said...

Judging by the photos (all lovely, BTW :-)) the view from the castle must be breathtaking. Thank you for sharing :-)

Carla said...

If the name is anything to go by, there might have been some sort of fortification there before the castle. What happened to the castle to ruin it so comprehensively? - just time and weather, or was it slighted in the Civil War, or what?

Kathryn Warner said...

Unfortunately, I have no interest in history after the Middle Ages so have no idea what happened to the castle ;)

Gabriele C. said...

Sami, tell me, lol. I live in Germany and we got a castle on every hilltop. :-)

Kathryn, I have a castle for you on my blog. *grin*

Kathryn Warner said...

Ooooh, lovely, will come and look now! :)