Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

I have recently been sharing views of Rievaulx Abbey. If you should visit that excellent ruin, you will have time to visit this nearby ruin, Helmsley Castle. The castle was originally constructed in wood around 1120 and was built by Walter l'Espec.

In 1186 began the process of turning the castle to one of stone.

It is positioned on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Rye. The castle at Helmsley is only 1.9 miles (3 km) from Rievaulx Abbey and it is recorded that Helmsley was often used as a place of safety during periods of instability.

During the English 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 the castle to be slighted and much of the walls, gates and part of the east tower were destroyed.

This photo is taken from inside the castle, looking towards what remains of the south curtain wall, which, in its heyday would have been a lot higher than this and would have totally surrounded the castle. You can see the curves of what would have been cylindrical towers (barbican) each side of the gateway. There would have been a drawbridge and a portcullis where you can see the arch.

This was the best angle to take the photo because the substantial bridge became a very useful addition.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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