Friday, August 17, 2012

Anglophile Friday - Skipton Castle Revisited

 Entrance to Skipton Castle

 It's only 43 miles from York to Skipton
So many places within a relatively short drive from York
would fall into the 'Must See' category

The following text is taken from Skipton Web:
"Skipton is a country market town, up in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a small, friendly town with a population of around 16,000. It has history, a castle, cobbled streets, ducks and canal boats. It's a pretty town to walk around, and gets thousands of visitors.

The name Skipton comes from the Saxon word for sheep - the town really began as a trading centre for sheep and wool. The canal came and went, the mills came, and now it's a big tourist centre for people passing through to see the Yorkshire Dales. The biggest employers in Skipton nowadays are HML and the Skipton Buiding Society. Formerly kingsley Cards was one of the main employers but has closed down and the mill converted to apartments.

Skipton Map 1757 photo credit

"Skipton 'The Gateway to the Dales' was probably originally just a sheep farm, back before the Norman Conquest. In Airedale, the settlement commanded the Craven Gap, the best passage through the Pennines, and so grew in importance to become the main market town of Craven, and a major trading post for livestock. 

The town of Skipton was granted to Robert Romillie after the Norman Conquest, who built the first Skipton Castle, and some parts of the building are still original.

Skipton supported the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses, and was on the Royalist side in the Civil War. After the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644, Skipton was the only Royalist stronghold left in the north. The castle was under siege for over a year until December 1645, when a surrender was negotiated. 

Cromwell had the roof of the castle removed, but it was replaced just 10 years later, on condition that the new roof was not strong enough to hold cannons. Lady Anne Cliford planted a yew tree in the conduit court of the castle, in 1659, to mark the restoration of the castle. It's still there. 

She also had the Clifford family's motto carved over the main gateway entrance to the castle: 'Desormais' which apparantly means 'henceforth'. [See First Photo] Skipton Castle is well preserved, and a very popular tourist attraction.

Clifford Family Coat of Arms

 Checking out the Dungeon
At least the prisoners had room service...such as it was .

'Slighting' the original castle wall

A Narrowboat and a couple friendly natives
"Britain's longest inland waterway (127 miles) was opened in 1816. The Leeds Liverpool Canal took 46 years to build, and finally came in at five times the original budget. The first part to open was the lock-free section from Skipton to Bingley, in 1773. The canal was busy all through the nineteenth century and carried stone, coal and other goods. 

The canal passes right through the centre of Skipton, and at the canal basin there is a junction with the Springs Branch (Lord Thanet’s) Canal. Only half a mile long but a beautiful stretch of canal that winds around the back of Skipton Castle, acting as a moat, and until 1946 was used to transport limestone from a quarry higher up the hill. The old chute where the stone was loaded into the barges can still be seen."
Some day I'm going to live on one of these for a summer!
or buy a ticket for a 30 minute ride from the canal basin to Skipton Castle?

Border Collies are everywhere in Yorkshire,
especially visible in the gift shops. This shop was on the castle grounds.
I can't believe I came away from there without at least one of these cute little figurines.
Ah yes, I remember was the discouraging price tag.

But I get to see our Border Collie grandpuppy quite often,
and she's the real thing!

For more photos of Skipton, check out the Gallery at Skipton Web.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Unknown said...

Love these pictures.. and the history less! And that tree... that's absolutely amazing!

http://thankfullga447 said...

I was in Harrogate a few years back and I didn't make it to Skipton, now I wish I had.

Parsley said...

I love Border Collies. We had a BC mix and he was the sweetest dog! I miss Henry...

Amy Burzese said...

So much in this post! The castle, that tree, the canal and the dog are all wonderful!

Maggie Ann said...

That was so enjoyable! And I feel refreshed by the scriptures on your sidebar...what a blessing.

Anonymous said...

So very interesting! I would dearly love to visit Skipton. Hubby's ancestors came from I'm wondering if Anne Clifford was a distant distant relative.

Yenta Mary said...

What a gorgeous castle! But, even better, what a very sweet sleepy grandpuppy ... :)

Empty Nester said...

So pretty! And the grounds- wow. Wish my yard looked like that. My house too. LOL

Ruth Kelly said...

We missed Skipton but we headed east towards Scarborough. Thanks for your view and photos.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

So glad Anglophile Fridays are back! I was getting worried! :) A summer on a canal boat sounds fun.

Unknown said...

Hi Judy,
Very interesting place, love that tree. Beautiful photos.
Thank you for the tour to Skipton :)
Have a lovely Day!


Kara @ Petals to Picots Crochet said...

So interesting!

Mary said...

That is wow...after several thousands of years...amazing is understated. I love the tree, documented at planting..1659. That's amazing, too.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I grew up with a Border Collie, his name was Lucas. I loved him soooo much!!
Great little figurines. I would love to have one for my parents...but I hear ya on the price tag. :)

Claudia said...

Thank you for such a beautiful, informative post! What a wonderful place to visit.

Scout is a Border Collie, so you know I would have been drawn to those figurines!


Pamela said...

Great post! We loved our visit to Skipton Castle - the self-guided tour with all the detailed signs in each room/area was excellent.

RURAL said...

Amazing history is right there for those who are in the area, can you imagine?

What those walls could say....

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

laurie said...

i just love the picture of that tree... and your dog of course!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Thanks for sharing. The photos are beautiful. I had a border collie Australian shepherd mix when my girls were growing up. He was the best dog in the world. I still miss him.

Denise said...

Wow, love the pictures.

Abigail Rogers said...

Lovely place! That yew tree is amazing...what a history.

Thanks for sharing,

RebeccaT said...

I love how old that tree is! And the idea of spending a summer on one of those adorable barges makes me want to cut my grocery bill in half and save for it!

Eileen said...

I've only just learned from another blog I read that Leeds is beside the river Aire, the area where the Airedale Terriers originally came from. It's good to be always learning
new facts about our history and geography! Shame you didn't buy a souvenir Border Collie when you were at the castle, lovely dogs... but especially nice that you now have a grandpuppy Border Collie.

Natasha in Oz said...

I have never heard of Skipton so really enjoyed learning all about it today. Thanks so much for putting together another fantastic post!

Best wishes for a happy Sunday!
Natasha in Oz

Joyce said...

When I think of Skipton I think Calendar Girls : )

Debra Hawkins said...

Have you ever read the book the Winter Sea? This reminds me of it.

J_on_tour said...

Lovely post. It's nice that you posted the old map. I recognise the street and the Castle from it and possibly the course of the canal too. These photos are still vivid in my head as is the thought that I haven't been back to explore the Castle since. There is a railtour on October 6th but I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it due to other social plans ... shame. I've got a couple of sheep on my fire surround in the same series and the last thing I bought from Skipton back in 2010 was some clear storage boxes for the loft ... haha !


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