February 12, 2011

0 Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle is just a bit North of us, and a place we'd said "we should go there" enough times that we decided to make it happen.   Like most small towns with castles, the whole town winds around the main road, commonly named "Castle [Way, Road, Lane, etc]", which is always a narrow cobblestone road up a steep slant to the castle.   The current castle was built in the 12th century, but it's place in history sits in the last half of the 1400s, when King Richard III lived here as a child under the care of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and later used the castle as his Northern royal headquarters.

The Great Hall.  This castle was rather small by royal castle standards, with the common square keep only having two storeys. 

Built in storage!

I'm not sure what this little passage is for, but I like it.  It made me wish the dogs were with us to go through it!

The horse mill ring.

View of Middleham from the upper floor of the castle.

View over the castle.

The outer wall.

The original Ivy League.

King Richard III himself.  No arms, but he's got some weird dragon tail thing going on.

Fireplace in the gatehouse.

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