York Castle

I have a friend who lives in the U.K. (Paul H.) He has been kind enough to dig up information, write a bit, and go through his photos of York and York Castle. My thanks go to him for his wonderful contribution! He has written about his trip to the city of York. You can read about it on my website right here: A trip to the city of York

York Castle for the most part is just a shell of what it used to be. But portions of it still exist and here are some pictures and information about it.

The most compelling thing about what remains of the castle is something called Clifford's Tower. It is a four lobed structure sitting atop a hill that in centuries gone by was the original Motte and Bailey.

There is also a wonderful museum on the grounds. You can check out the museum website here.

So, if you are to visit York Castle what you have is the remaining structure of Clifford's tower and the York castle museum.

Here on the grounds of York castle many purposes were served over the centuries including a Mint, a woman's prison and a garrison.


Here is a diorama on site of the castle. Wow, I reallly love this!

Clifford's Tower


Going up some very steep winding stairs the first thing you encounter is a small medieval Chapel not much bigger in size than a living room but this also has plenty of information.

A point to note in English Castles - the winding staircase is designed in such a way that invaders cannot use their bladed weapons effectively, but the defender had a much more secure position - in other words, "he had the upper hand".











Here is a view of York Castle from Clifford's Tower. These are the grounds as they are today.

The Castle Museum

Chapel Window


Here is an arrow slot from the inside of Clifford's Tower.


A placard at the castle:

A murder hole for dropping boiling oil on attackers.


Want to learn more about the city of York? I have an article with loads of pictures right here.




Medieval York

York is one of the most visited cities in England, above all for its medieval heritage - most famously the Minister and the city walls. From its foundation by the Romans in AD 71, the city grew in size and complexity with the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons and then the Vikings, but the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1068 was to have a significant impact on the city's future development. Drawing on a mass of unpublished excavations over the last thirty-five years, Gareth Dean shows how York developed from Viking Jorvik into one of the wealthiest cities in medieval Europe. Using archaeology to supplement the historical sources, the author pieces together a much fuller picture of life in medieval York than has previously been possible. Beginning with the changes to the topography and infrastructure of the city after the Norman Conquest, the book moves on to examine the defences of the city, its religious life, life and death for the citizens, trade and industry, and finally the changes in religious and political views in the mid-sixteenth century which marked the end of the medieval period and the start of a new era in the city's history.


















































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