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; -1.7841Coordinates: 54°27′35″N 1°47′03″W / 54.4598°N 1.7841°W / 54.4598; -1.7841
Owner Mrs R Brown (2014)[1]

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.

History[edit]

The earliest reference to the castle records a visit from King John in 1201.[2]

The remaining parts of Ravensworth Castle date from the late 14th century, when it belonged to Henry, 1st Baron FitzHugh.[3][4] In 1391 he enclosed 200 acres (81 ha) around the castle, creating a park.[5] The castle started to be pulled down in the 16th century, and the stone was used for other buildings in the area.[5]

Ravensworth Castle and Park Wall were given a Grade I listed building designation by English Heritage on 4 February 1969.[3] The Grade I listing is for buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important".[6] The castle and nearby earthworks have been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The castle is located on the south east side of Ravensworth.[7]

The castle is surrounded by a dry moat.[4] 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.[3][5]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ A wall with a view? The gardens at Ravensworth Castle, North Yorkshire Shaun Richardson & Ed Dennison Pages 21-38 | Published online: 03 Nov 2014 Download citation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2014.981392
  2. ^ A wall with a view? The gardens at Ravensworth Castle, North Yorkshire Shaun Richardson & Ed Dennison Pages 21-38 | Published online: 03 Nov 2014 Download citation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2014.981392
  3. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Ravensworth Castle and Park Wall (1166522)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 May 2011 
  4. ^ a b Pettifer, p. 295
  5. ^ a b c Page, pp. 88–89
  6. ^ "Listed Buildings", National Heritage List for England, English Heritage, retrieved 9 May 2011 
  7. ^ A wall with a view? The gardens at Ravensworth Castle, North Yorkshire Shaun Richardson & Ed Dennison Pages 21-38 | Published online: 03 Nov 2014 Download citation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2014.981392
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