SE6183 : Helmsley Castle East Tower

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

Helmsley Castle East Tower
Helmsley Castle East Tower
The East Tower was a later addition to the castle, built by Robert de Roos II (1190-1227), a Templar Knight who was one of twenty-five barons appointed to ensure King John observed the Magna Carta.

Designed to impress, rooms in the tower would probably have been used to receive important guests. The three windows would originally have lit the upper floor, with the smaller window above at roof level. The tower was remodelled in the 14th century, when it was raised in height and a further floor was added.
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.

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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 6111 8369 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:14.7156N 1:3.8233W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6113 8370
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Scheduled Ancient Monument  12th Century  Twelfth Century  Ruined Castle  English Heritage  Castle Ruins 

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