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    Bolton Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    This castle in Wensleydale can be seen for miles from the surrounding countryside (and the top of Middleham Castle) which you can understand by clicking on this photo. It is most famous for being one of the castles where Mary, Queen of Scots, was held captive. She was taken there when she fled from Scotland after being accused of the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley. The house is still owned by the Scrope family but open to visitors and one other way for the Scropes to make money is to lend Bolton to film makers which is why you can see it in for instance "Ivanhoe".

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    Middleham Church

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    A typical English countryside church but with the added Ricardian details added to it, such as "his" wild boar flag (see third picture) and an altar cloth donated by the Richard III Society. Also has a suitably overgrown graveyard to match the feel of historical place.

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    Middleham Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Richard III's favourite castle since this is where he grew up. All noble boys were sent to relatives to be introduced to knighthood and Richard was sent to his uncle Warwick the Kingmaker. Here Richard also met his cousin Anne whom later became his wife. The castle is in the middle of Yorkshire but because Richard grew up here he loved it and much prefered his many northern castles to London. Today, the castle is in ruins since the stone has been used to build the village but you can see the layout very well and climb the keep for a good view. Earlier on, the guards closed for lunch and I had to climb my way out over a gate and into a field but that was part of the experience. There are many more castle pictures in the travelogue below as they were too many to add here.

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    Jervaulx Abbey

    by Sjalen Written Apr 11, 2003

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    A very French sounding name as that was the lingua franca in the days of the Cistercian monks who founded the abbey after moving here when another site failed them. The nams simply means "Valley of the Ure" which is the river running through Wensleydale. Maybe not as famous as Riveaulx, Fountains and Bolton abbeys also in North Yorkshire, this one still merits a visit as it is amazingly intact. The monks bred sheep and also racehorses for Henry VIII who still executed their last abbot at Tyburn in London when the abbot rebelled against him in the Pilgrimage of Grace...

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    Mine's a pint please!

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 11, 2003

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    Go to nearby Masham where there has long been a brewery called Theakston's and which makes a good British bitter. A few years ago, one of the Theakston brothers left since he disagreed with production methods when the family brewery was brought out by the giant Scottish Courage and so he started his own brewery, the Black Sheep (since that's what he became in the family and Yorkshire is full of sheep), just down the road in Masham! This means that the village has two famous breweries so there is plenty to drink, although 95% of Theakstons is today brewed in Newcastle and only the tiny percent consumed in the area is brewed there! Black Sheep has taken over most of the facilities and isn't bad either! Try the strong Riggwelter (named after a sheep fallen on its back - pure Scandinavian lingo!). Masham is also famous for its market Wednesdays and Saturdays and the sheep market which I don't know much about after the foot and mouth outbreak.

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    Old Middleham fortress

    by Sjalen Written Aug 20, 2006
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    Before the castle was built, there was a fortress on the hills beyond, towards Coverdale. You can see it when you climb the castle keep.

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