Picture of the Day – Castle Howard, Yorkshire

This is a picture of a very grand house in Yorkshire, called Castle Howard.

It is a bit of a misnomer, because as you can see it isn’t a castle at all.

There are no battlements or crenellations. It doesn’t have an outer wall, or a portcullis gate. It wasn’t built for defense or to hold a strategic position.

It was actually a Palace, but despite being so very grand, it wasn’t built for a member of the Royal family but for an Aristocrat. The Earl of Carlisle.

The Howard family is descended from the Dukes of Norfolk who had been influential since Tudor times and supported Henry VIII and plotted against Queen Elizabeth I (The one they make lots of films about).

This particular branch of the family became Protestants and were given the title Earl of Carlisle by Oliver Cromwell for supporting him in the English Civil War AGAINST the king. Then cleverly they backed the man who would become King Charles II, who was still in exile in the Netherlands and it was when he became King that the family fortunes took off and this house was built.

It wasn’t quite as grand at first but gradually bits were added until it became this pretty breathtaking palace.

It had been used for many films and it was also used for both the Television series and the later movie of Brideshead Revisited.

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Picture of the day – Scarborough Castle

As promised. Here is a picture of Scarborough Castle. At least part of it. This is the remains of the main keep. You can tell it would have been a very grand building in it’s day.

It is surrounded by the remains of the outer and inner walls. The outer wall completely surrounds the headland and would have been a pretty large castle.

There is the remains of a roman temple in the grounds too.

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Here is another picture, which I didn’t take.

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This one shows what the Keep could have looked like.


Picture of the Day – The View from Scarborough Castle.

On my recent trip to North Yorkshire we stopped in to visit Scarborough Castle.

No, I wasn’t visiting some noble friends, Scarborough Castle is a picturesque ruin no longer inhabited.

The views from the castle are pretty lovely. Scarborough castle is on a headland that sticks out to sea and have a bay either side of it. The town sprawls on either side too.

The headland was such a good defensive spot that it was used as a fort in Iron Age times, then there are remains of a Roman fort and temple, before they even built the castle that stands there today.

It was a lovely sunny day when we were there, but you can just see the mist rising from the sea (the locals call it ‘fret’) in this picture.

I hope you like this picture.