Bolton Castle

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Castle Bolton, United Kingdom

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Bolton Castle Feb 21, 2017
Bolton Castle is in the tiny village of Castle Bolton at the eastern end of Wensleydale. The castle was originally built as a residence by Lord Richard le Scrope (Treasurer and Chancellor to King Richard II), but in 1379 he was given permission to fortify his house. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1568 and in 1644, during the English Civil War, the castle was garrisoned by Royalists besieged by Parliamentarians, but it eventually fell to Cromwell in 1645. Although the castle is partly in ruin, many of the halls and galleries can still be seen. Nowadays the castle offers fine views over Wensleydale, but in the 14th century it would have overlooked the Forest of Wensleydale which would have offered fine hunting with deer and probably wild boar their prey. The castle has never been sold and still remains in the ownership of Lord Bolton, Richard Scope's descendant.

Please refer to their website for opening times and admission prices :-

Directions: The village of Castle Bolton is on a minor road north of the A684, east of Aysgarth.
Bolton Castle
Bolton Castle
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Splendid castle - masses of history Nov 23, 2010
Forget any feeling of absurdity at a castle called 'Bolton Castle' being in a place called 'Castle Bolton.' Both the castle and the place have held their names a long time. Castle Bolton is between Wensleydale and Swaledale.

It was built in the 14th century and was in the hands of the Scrope family who remained powerful through the Wars of the Roses and the religious conflicts of the Tudor Times.

During the Civil War the then Scrope tried unsuccessfully to hold it for the king. Parliament held it for a time and then had part demolished to make it impossible to defend.

Even so, only part is ruined and the main part is still used for weddings.

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