Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

RICHMOND CASTLE


RICHMOND CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

Construction of the castle known as Riche Mount, or strong hill, started in about 1070 on a hill overlooking the town and the River Swale valley. The stone curtain wall and the great hall, Scollands Hall, date from the 11th century and the 100 foot high keep and the wall protecting the Cockpit Garden were added in 1150. It started to decay during the 16th century and was generally derelict for the next 300 years although the keep was repaired in 1760 which has kept it in good condition. At some point during this time the south wall collapsed. An army barracks and store were built on the site during the 19th century but these have since been demolished.

Managed by English Heritage.


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Directions
Off A6108, 2 miles south west of Scotch Corner
Riverside Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QW

 



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