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
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:
This last one led to subterranean quarters which on an even lower level contained the dungeons. How dark and damp they must have been.
Leah · 20 December 2017 at 22:57
The doors are fabulous; I especially like the shot with the colourful fall leaves. A bit of history doesn’t hurt a person (well done, keeping it short and sweet… just a little bit of history doesn’t hurt!).
Waiting for the story of the ravens and their keeper. You do have a way of dangling little lines like that.
HMB · 8 January 2018 at 17:43
Thanks Leah. I had an unusual encounter with a Town Crier too that day. I must get back to my blog now that I’ve recovered from a bad cold.
Leah · 9 January 2018 at 13:25
Nasty colds and flus are knocking people down this year, that’s for sure! Take care.
jesh stg · 22 October 2017 at 08:06
What a treat – so old! Were you also able to see the inside of the castle ?
HMB · 22 October 2017 at 12:54
There’s not much inside as it pretty ruined. There is a museum inside I think, but we didn’t bother. Maybe next time Thanks for visiting,
prior.. · 21 October 2017 at 21:15
such rich history you captured…. those old doors were sure made to last
HMB · 21 October 2017 at 21:23
Thanks for visiting. Yes, the Castle was quite a find. I’ve a couple more posts to do about it.
prior.. · 21 October 2017 at 22:28
Norm 2.0 · 20 October 2017 at 21:58
Some amazing doors on this place. Wonderful post!
HMB · 20 October 2017 at 22:12
Thanks Norm. The world is full of amazing doors!,
Amy · 20 October 2017 at 17:37
Great photo captures of this majestic castle, Helen.
Thank you for the historical information. 🙂
HMB · 20 October 2017 at 17:55
Thank you Amy .