Our Yorkshire journey
is now almost complete and I thank you for visiting, I hope
you have enjoyed your journey and that you will one day soon
visit Yorkshire and
see for yourself how beautiful this county is.
I will keep adding to this site so don't be too long in
making another visit.
Oh! by the way, my
Guestbook is at the very bottom of this page and I would
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from Middleham Castle
Middleham is linked to
Leyburn by an iron girder bridge built by public
in 1850, replacing an earlier suspension bridge which
collapsed in 1831 after 2 years use.
The impressive ruins of Middleham Castle date from 1170, and
later became home for the future Richard III.
The Castle keep is the original and despite it being made
untenable after Richard's
defeat on Bosworth Field in 1485, the castle ruins are in a
fine state of preservation,
a true memorial to the medieval stonemasons who built
Castle Bolton village
saw excitement for over a year during the Civil War and it
nice to think that little has happened to it since then.
Bolton Castle dominates the western end of this unspoilt
It was built in 1379 at a cost of #12,000 for the first Lord
a Chancellor of England.
The ill fated Mary, Queen of Scots was lodged here from July
1567 to January 1569
on her slow journey south and eventual execution.
Mary was twenty-six years old, well educated and had a
She lived well with a retinue of forty servants, many of
whom had to live in the village.
She had her rooms in the south-west tower, which you can see
and went hunting regularly in the surrounding forests.
For Mary it was the beginning of nineteen years of
places under Elizabeth before she was beheaded.
Seventy-five years later, during the Civil War, the castle
was a royalist stronghold
and under siege, but following defeat in November 1645
it was partly destroyed to render it unusable.
Colonel Chaytor held the castle for the Crown against the
troops of Oliver Cromwell
until forced by starvation to surrender.
In Saxon times Reeth
was only a settlement on the forest edge, but by the time of
Norman Conquest it had grown sufficiently in importance to
be noted in the Domesday Book.
Later it became a centre for hand-knitting and the local
lead industry was controlled from
here, but it was always a market town for the local farming
It's eighteenth-century houses and hotel clustered around
village green make it one of the honeypots of the
Swaledale's capital ,
Richmond, with it's cobbled ways and attractive town
is the northern gateway to the Dales.
The castle commanded all access in and out of Swaledale
manned by troops
whose twentieth-century counterparts train at nearby
Earl Alan Rufus built
his massive castle soon after the Norman Conquest and
it with Swaledale lead. As Richmond grew in importance it
became the focal point
for the commercial and agricultural interest of the Dales
and also the surrounding
area; there has been a market since 1155.
The town incidentally is far older than it's Surrey
River Swale with
Richmond Castle in the background
River Swale at
although strictly in the side dale of Marske Beck, is
idyllic, purely agricultural and surrounded by wooded hills
beneath wild moors. The hall was home and birthplace of the
Hutton family who provided two Archbishops of York, one of
Matthew, became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1757. Marske's
church has Norman
origins, with additions in the thirteenth and seventeenth
On a high rocky crag above the Swale stands a memorial
erected in 1606 by Robert Wallace.
It commemorates his survival after his horse fell from the
crag in fog.
Willance broke a leg and only saved himself by cutting open
horse's belly and thrusting his leg inside to keep it
Vale of Pickering
Before the Ice Ages, the waters
of the Vale of Pickering
drained directly eastward
into the sea.
After the arrival of the ice,
however, this exit was blocked,
creating a vast meltwater
covering an area of over 160
At its western end, near Ampleforth,
the water was trapped by the
Vale of York glacier. It finally
escaped by cutting its way
through the hills
south of Malton, and in the
process created the gorges
All the streams that now flow
through the rich, alluvial
plain of the Vale of Pickering
merge with the River Derwent,
a tributary of the River Ouse.
The Derwent's eastern exit
into the North Sea was similarly
blocked during the Ice Ages.
In consequence, it carved
a new route south through
and west across the Vale of
In a dramatic setting
between two lakes with extensive gardens and impressive
this magnificent 18th Century Palace was designed by Sir
John Vanbrugh in 1699.
Undoubtedly the finest private residence in Yorkshire, it
for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, whose descendants
still live here.
With its painted and
gilded dome reaching 80ft into the Yorkshire sky, this
house has collections of antique furniture, porcelain and
sculpture, whilst its fabulous
collection of paintings is dominated by the famous Holbein
portraits of Henry V111
and the Duke of Norfolk.
John Smith's Brewery,
Tadcaster's name is
synonymous with brewing and honest Yorkshire Ale - and it
evident here, Breweries dominate this pleasant market
Tadcaster, as its name implies, was a Roman encampment,
an outpost of the station of York.
There are still traces of the camp to be seen and from time
to time coins,
horseshoes and pottery shards have been found.
There was also a castle here in the Middle Ages, it is said
to have been demoslished
in the 18th century to provide stone for the handsome
bridge across the River Wharfe.
Saint Joseph's R.C.
with the kind
permission of Canon John Murphy)
celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 1998 and the Pastoral
420 families has been entrusted to Monsignor Murphy who
support from a host of parishioners, many of whom are
in the Tadcaster Breweries, the British Library at Boston
Spa, whilst others
commute to Leeds, York or Harrogate
This is such a
beautiful little Church and I felt as though I just wanted
include it in my Website.
Thank you for completing
the Yorkshire Traveller tour with me, I have enjoyed your
I hope you will leave with the intention of visiting
Yorkshire one day,
and of being able to visit much more of Yorkshire than I
have been able to show you.
There are various links
below than will enable you to take in more detail of the
places you have visited.
If you have enjoyed your
visit and would like to show appreciation I would be
grateful if you would visit the Hunger Site below
Please visit the
Hunger Site whereupon you can, at no cost to yourself, and
help of generous Corporate Sponsors, donate food the the
poor and hungry.