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6. Danby Castle and the medieval Duck Bridge

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Danby Castle, set above the River Esk on the southern side of the Upper Esk Valley. The original 'Danby Castle' was built ~1160 on a small hill above the river in the village now known as Castleton! Danby Castle, despite its name, is closer to Fryup Dale than Danby Dale and dates from the late 14th century - as is the Duck Bridge described later on.

 

Danby Castle, converted into a farmhouse on Danby Dale-Fryup road

Most of Danby Castle has been converted into a farmhouse, situated on the Danby Dale-Fryup road

 

Danby Castle, converted into a farmhouse on Danby Dale-Fryup road

Danby Castle, the farmhouse!

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Danby Castle, the coat of arms of the de Brus and Latimer families

 

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The three light window on the left is probably Elizabethan.

 

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View down into the Esk Valley and in the distance is Duck Bridge!

 

 

The hall where you can have a wedding reception!

Catherine Parr is supposed to have stayed here?

 

The Freeholders Chest and was already old when first used by the Freeholders of Danby in 1647 and housed the freeholders deeds.


The medieval Duck Bridge, originally of ~1386

The medieval Duck Bridge on the Danby-Little Fryup Dale road

The medieval (late 14th Century) packhorse Duck Bridge on the Danby-Little Fryup Dale road as a car is going over the ford.

Danby Castle viewed through the medieval Duck Bridge

Danby Castle in the background, as viewed through the medieval Duck Bridge on the road into Little Fryup Dale with the modern ford in the foreground. The upper carved coat or arms is that of the Neville, Lord Latimer.

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The ? coat of arms.

 

Duck Bridge is a popular port of call for walkers - in this case the Northallerton Ramblers.

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