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I took a large number of images of Skipton Castle during our recent visit. The bright sunshine actually made photography rather difficult. The sequence of images could be much longer if I had better images and I pushed my luck too far with my exceptionally patient wife! All the images have comments - if you wish to read them you will have to click on the image number to hold it on screen.

The castle first came into existence in 1090 when Robert de Romville, a norman baron, built a primitive fort. It did not stand up well to the ravaging Scots and was later replaced with a formiddable stone castle standing on the top of a rocky bluff overlooking the Eller Beck.

From 1310 when Edward II granted the property until 1676 the castle was inextricably linked with the Clifford family - it was their principal seat for much of this time.

During the Civil War it was the last Royalist bastion in the North, yielding only after a three-year siege in 1645. 全lighted' under the orders of Cromwell, the castle was skilfully restored by the Lady Anne Clifford. The Clifford banner flies over the castle with the approval of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh.

The castle is exceptionally well preserved with roofs still in place.

External views were challenging - there were things in the way so this first view is taken inside the grounds showing one of the drum towers.

1/125s f8 ISO 100 EF-S @ 22mm

I hope you enjoy the journey... Mike

Camera:EOS 400D
Lens:EF-S 17-85m and Sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Skipton Castle
Username:oldgreyheron oldgreyheron
Uploaded:2 Feb 2009 - 4:36 PM
Tags:Architecture, Castle, Clifford, Skipton
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carylwithay
2 Feb 2009 - 4:38 PM

Stunning. Good composition and color as well as detail. I shall revisit to see the others.
Caryl

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 4:50 PM

What a fantastic set of images.
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 5:13 PM

A superb set of images, Mike, and particularly interesting to me as my late mother was born and raised in Skipton. Thank you for sharing the images, and also a great write-up. Carol

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 5:34 PM

Great set of shots. Love that twisted tree in V5.
Ty

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KennyG
KennyG  5 Belgium
2 Feb 2009 - 5:53 PM

Echoed. Great shots and composition.

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 5:55 PM

Great sries of shots. I have fond memories of Skipton as this is where I was born and lived for 19 years.
Sylvia

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 5:59 PM

Had a day out here not so long since, and visited this lovely well-preserved castle. Great set of images, Mike.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom991 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 6:23 PM

Fascinating set, of a place that I don't know. V5 the favourite here for me, for the formality of that evenly twisted trunk. That's really something.
Moira

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 7:19 PM

Lovely set of photos
We were at Skipton 2 weeks ago with a camera club we went up to the castle entrance and we all decided not to pay & go in I have been in a long time ago & your photos reminded me what its like inside
Tony

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woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 8:09 PM

Excellent set, Mike, particularly given the lighting circumstances. I appreciate the trouble you have taken with your descriptions; they help to bring the images even more vividly to life. There is a good mixture of wider views and details.
I have a particular liking for V2.
Many thanks for the tour - a real treat.
Regards
Bill

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GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 9:12 PM

Thanks for the reminder of our visit to the castle many years ago a super set of images
Glynnis

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2009 - 9:28 PM

Great set of images,nicely composed with great detail and colour,well captured...................

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dathersmith
2 Feb 2009 - 9:30 PM

A nice set of images Mike, really shows the castle and details well. The composition of #1 works well.

Darren.

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
2 Feb 2009 - 11:01 PM

Great set of interesting images, and I enjoyed reading your write- up.
Dot

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2009 - 1:48 AM

Fabulous reportage!
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cheesey
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3 Feb 2009 - 10:15 AM

Cracking set of shots, nicely captured.
Cheesey.

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2009 - 7:42 PM

My auntie and uncle had a caravan at Skipton so we had many childhood/teenage visits there. I loved the castle and your description and lovely images have brought it all back to me. Did you see the 'long drop'?
Sandra

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2009 - 8:00 PM

Indeed we did Sandra - I declined the photo opportunity! I have been surprised by the number of people who have some association with Skipton.

Regards, Mike

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MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 7:49 PM

Been here loads of times with my various classes, Mike, you've brought back lots of memories Smile

Fran x

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