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2a. Helmsley (2a) Helmsley Castle

Ryedale Views of Helmsley Town, North Yorkshire

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See also 1. Helmsley (1) - Streets, Buildings and Market Place

2b. Helmsley (2b) - Duncombe Park

10. Helmsley (3) All Saints Parish Church

This is a spectacular castle in the lovely North Yorkshire town of Helmsley.

The deep inner moat-ditch of Helmsley Castle, part of the extraordinarily well preserved defensive earthworks.

 

The East Tower and the West range, the latter includes the West tower on the right - view from the Walled Garden.

The original Helmsley castle was built by Walter d'Espec ("A valiant soldier of the Conqueror") in the early 12th century ~1120, but most of the oldest buildings in existence are from the time of Robert de Roos ~1200, whose family retained the castle until 1688. Throughout the medieval period the castle was strengthened and improved well into Tudor times but during the 17th century Civil War much of its defences were dismantled so it could not be used as a Royalist stronghold. Helmsley Castle was besieged by the Parliamentarians in 1644, the Royalists were starved out and the Roundheads made it unusable! but fortunately English Heritage takes good care of the ruinous residue!

 

The ruins of Helmsley Castle viewed from the road up to Duncombe Park.

The ruins of Helmsley Castle viewed from the road up to Duncombe Park. In the centre of the picture is the ruins of the South Barbican entrance and in the distant right the East Tower of the castle Keep.

 

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On the left - most of the west range was rebuilt between 1563 and 1587 - including mullioned and transformed windows, panelling, plaster friezes and ceilings and some fancy fireplaces!

West range and eastern tower.

 

Another view from the walled garden to the west of the castle.

 

The ruined stark forbidding keep of Helmsley Castle in front of the more stylish and pleasing 15th century domestic buildings.

The ruined stark forbidding East tower of Helmsley Castle in front of the more stylish and pleasing 15th century domestic buildings. Much of the west side of the Keep remains, but much of the eastern entrance has gone!

 

The remains of the keep and gatehouse of Helmsley Castle high above the main defensive ditch of the castle.

The remains of the East tower of Helmsley Castle high above the main defensive ditch (moat) of the motte and bailey Norman castle.

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The East tower - the characteristic ionic image of the Keep, seen from Helmsley town.

 

 

Old fireplaces.

 

Cannon balls and an unexploded bomb! from the English Civil War.

 

The southern end of the western range of buildings.

 

Weapons and arrow heads in the display of historic objects found in the castle grounds.

 

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Helmsley Castle viewed from above Helmsley on the footpath to Rievaulx.

 

What Helmsley Castle once looked like in the13th century!

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