Conisbrough Castle

Our day trip in South Yorkshire included 2 beautiful locations part of Enligh Heritage: Conisbrough Castle and Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. I made a short description of the Castle’s history.

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Conisbrough Castle more likely was built on a site that was first fortified by King William’s supporter William of Warenne, after the Norman Conquest. The castle was built at some time between 1163 and 1202, probably during the 1180s.

The keep is finely built of quality stone and has an unusual design. Cylindrical keeps, as they don’t have corners, are stronger than earlier rectangular and were fashionable in the late 12th century.
Only Conisbrough’s features a ring of wedge-shaped buttresses, whose tops may have served as turrets for archers. The design is unique in Britain, though a smaller type can be found in northern France, a manor associated with the Warenne family.

The Castle was recently reopened to the public, after a re-development.

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6 thoughts on “Conisbrough Castle”

  1. Great pictures! The castle looks fantastic. I’m always amazed at how these structures are still standing after all these years, and how they were built without machinery!

    1. Thank you. I watched the documentary on BBC about the Guédelon Castle, the castle they are building in France using medieval methods. I would love to visit it. It’s fascinating.

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