Ravensworth Castle (North Yorkshire)

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Ravensworth Castle
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Ravensworth Castle (North Yorkshire) is located in North Yorkshire
Ravensworth Castle (North Yorkshire)
Location within North Yorkshire
General information
Town or city Ravensworth
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°27′35″N 1°47′03″W / 54.4598°N 1.7841°W / 54.4598; -1.7841

Ravensworth Castle is a ruined 14th-century castle in the village of Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, England. It has been designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage.


There may have been a castle at Ravensworth from Norman times, although the remaining parts of Ravensworth Castle date from the late 14th century, when it belonged to Henry, 1st Baron FitzHugh.[1][2] In 1391 he enclosed 200 acres (81 ha) around the castle, creating a park.[3] The castle started to be pulled down in the 16th century, and the stone was used for other buildings in the area.[3]

Ravensworth Castle and Park Wall were given a Grade I listed building designation by English Heritage on 4 February 1969.[1] The Grade I listing is for buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important".[4] The castle and nearby earthworks have been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1]


The castle is surrounded by a dry moat.[2] Constructed of sandstone and faced with ashlar, the remaining structure consists of a three-storey tower attached to a gatehouse, with further wall and tower fragments.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d English Heritage. "Ravensworth Castle and Park Wall (1166522)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Pettifer, p. 295
  3. ^ a b c Page, pp. 88–89
  4. ^ "Listed Buildings", National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), retrieved 9 May 2011 

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