Ludlow Castle and the Wars of the Roses

Ludlow was constructed at the instigation of Walter de Lacy or his son Roger in the late eleventh century in the Welsh frontier region. It is situated in a prominent position on a natural ridge that overlooks the River Teme, on the north-west corner of the adjoining town. The first castle was made of stoneContinue reading “Ludlow Castle and the Wars of the Roses”

Carlisle Castle and the Wars of the Roses

William Rufus captured the city of Carlisle in 1092 and built a castle at the northern edge of the settlement. This structure was later rebuilt in stone by order of his successor, Henry I, thirty years later, who initiated work on the keep. Carlisle was acquired by David I, king of Scots, in 1135, butContinue reading “Carlisle Castle and the Wars of the Roses”

Denbigh Castle and the Wars of the Roses

Denbigh was founded in the late thirteenth century following the conquest of north Wales, on the site of a previous Welsh residence, which is situated on a hilltop that looks over the Vale of Clwyd. Henry de Lacy was granted the lordship of Denbigh by Edward I in October 1282, with building work immediately beginningContinue reading “Denbigh Castle and the Wars of the Roses”

A tour of Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire

Ashby de la Zouch is a fine example of a late medieval castle but is perhaps best known for its association with Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin with a brief overview of its history. Ashby de la Zouch began its existence as aContinue reading “A tour of Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire”