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Skipton Castle

By oldgreyheron      
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

Tags: Castle Architecture Clifford Skipton

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2 Feb 2009 4:38PM
Stunning. Good composition and color as well as detail. I shall revisit to see the others.

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Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
2 Feb 2009 4:50PM
What a fantastic set of images.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Feb 2009 5:13PM
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
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
2 Feb 2009 5:34PM
Great set of shots. Love that twisted tree in V5.
KennyG 9 Belgium
2 Feb 2009 5:53PM
Echoed. Great shots and composition.
2 Feb 2009 5:55PM
Great sries of shots. I have fond memories of Skipton as this is where I was born and lived for 19 years.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Feb 2009 5:59PM
Had a day out here not so long since, and visited this lovely well-preserved castle. Great set of images, Mike.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 6:23PM
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.
TonyFrith 11 3 6 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 7:19PM
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
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 8:09PM
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.
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 9:12PM
Thanks for the reminder of our visit to the castle many years ago a super set of images
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 9:28PM
Great set of images,nicely composed with great detail and colour,well captured...................

dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 9:30PM
A nice set of images Mike, really shows the castle and details well. The composition of #1 works well.

Dotrob 12 Wales
2 Feb 2009 11:01PM
Great set of interesting images, and I enjoyed reading your write- up.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Feb 2009 1:48AM
Fabulous reportage!
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2009 10:15AM
Cracking set of shots, nicely captured.
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 7:42PM
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'?
4 Feb 2009 8:00PM
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
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
8 Feb 2009 7:49PM
Been here loads of times with my various classes, Mike, you've brought back lots of memories Smile

Fran x

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