7. Conisbrough Castle
12th century Conisbrough Castle is one of the best surviving examples of medieval architecture in South Yorkshire and the spectacular keep is one of the finest in the country.
Conisbrough Castle: Two views of Conisbrough Castle with the War Memorial in the foreground.
Conisbrough Castle: Conisbrough Castle is built of local magnesium limestone and is first mentioned in the 1170's and the present keep and much of the remaining walls date ~1180 and other sections and the outlines and fragments of buildings date from the 13th and 14th century.
Conisbrough Castle: In 1538 it was noted as being in a poor state and the gates and bridge had collapsed along with the top floor of the keep and most of the wall on the south side. Despite this architectural loss and military denigration, the damage rendered the castle unimportant in the Civil War and thus most of the remaining castle, and in particular the magnificent keep, has been handed down to posterity!
Conisbrough Castle: The deep moat.
Conisbrough Castle: The impressive vertical walls of the towers and keep - two of the latter's six massive buttresses.
Conisbrough Castle: The impressive formidable keep - a fantastic piece of medieval military architecture and the climb to the top is well worth the effort. There was an archery demonstration going on during my visit, in fact the castle site is a great place for kids to play on a day out!
Conisbrough Castle: The roof and floors have all been reinstated - the banquet hall, the grandest room in the castle, where important guests would be entertained. The Hall would have been grandly decorated unlike its cold bare format today. There is a curved headed 'Romanesque' doorway leading up the spiral stone staircase which ascends to the lord's bedchamber.
Conisbrough Castle: The lord or earl's bedroom with its stone fireplace. This bedchamber would have been the most private room in the castle.
Conisbrough Castle: The east round-headed window of the chapel in the keep.
Conisbrough Castle: The view from the top of the keep.
Conisbrough Castle: A splendid railway viaduct in the distance, viewed from the walls of the Norman Keep.
Conisbrough Castle: A final walk around Conisbrough Castle walls and looking down into the massive and deep most, now dry.
Conisbrough Castle: You can walk around the outside of the walls - here looking up the prohibitive face of the keep.
Conisbrough Castle: The keep is one of the finest and strongest medieval secular structures in Britain and well worth a visit.
Conisbrough Castle: The property has been well restored and excellently maintained by English Heritage
Note: Conisbrough NOT Conisborough!
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