SE6183 : The West Range, Helmsley Castle

taken 7 years ago, near to Helmsley, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

The West Range, Helmsley Castle
The West Range, Helmsley Castle
During the sixteenth century, state apartments were put into the former 12th century chamber block and west tower, and a first-floor gallery was created between this block and the chapel.

At this time, windows were enlarged, plastered walls had heraldic symbols incorporated into them, and much use was made of the heavy wooden panelling so popular during Tudor times.

This part of the castle largely escaped the slighting which followed the siege of 1644.
Helmsley Castle
Helmsley Castle dates back to at least the 1120s. During the Civil War, the castle was besieged by Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1644. Sir Jordan Crosland held it for the King for three months before surrendering. Parliament ordered that the castle should be slighted to prevent its further use and so much of the castle's walls, gates and the eastern half of the east tower were destroyed. However the castle still dominates the town's skyline despite being mostly ruined.

Due to its state of disrepair, the castle came under the guardianship of the Ministry of Works (later to become English Heritage) in the 1920s.

LinkExternal link English Heritage, Helmsley castle
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6106 8363 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:14.6836N 1:3.8701W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6110 8364
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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