Description: Skipton Castle
Date Listed: 28 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 323416
OS Grid Reference: SD9911651998
OS Grid Coordinates: 399116, 451998
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9641, -2.0149
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5336 THE BAILEY
SD 9951 1/1 28.4.52.
SD 95 SE 2/1
The unoccupied part contains Norman fragments but is mostly early C14; it was
partly demolished in 1649 and then restored in mid C17 by the Countess of Pembroke.
Entrance flanked by massive round towers, leading to Conduit Court with centre
well and 2 and 3 storeyed buildings around it, external staircase, buttresses,
rainwater-heads of 1659 with lead pipes and heraldic ties. Clifford arms and
Bromflete arms over doorways. Kitchen of C14, scullery, carving rooms etc. C13
watch tower. Banqueting hall on 1st floor, muniment tower, wine cellars etc.
All massive, limestone.
The occupied part comprises the long east range of the Castle, containing the
Long Gallery etc, built 1535, restored 1659. Large polygonal tower on east end
has an ogee-headed window of C15. 2 symmetrical polygonal bay windows of 2 storeys.
All windows with stone mullions and transoms, with round and trefoiled lights.
Tudor doorway. Fireplaces. Dungeons. Rainwater-head dated 1686.
See Whitaker's History of Craven.
Listing NGR: SD9911651998
Source: English Heritage
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