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A large, fortified building or set of buildings, that are usually walled.

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Scarborough Castle

Architecture; Castles

Scarborough Castle is situated on a roughly triangular headland that rises 300ft above the sea. There is evidence of Iron Age settlements and the remains of a Roman signal station on the site, but ...

Skipsea Castle

Architecture; Castles

Earthworks are all that remain of this Norman motte and bailey castle, built around 1086. The castle was an unusual design. The motte was surrounded by a ditch, and was separated from its bailey by a ...

Skipton Castle

Architecture; Castles

A Norman castle of earth and timber was built at Skipton by Robert de Romille, soon after 1090. The defences were later rebuilt in stone. The castle is most closely associated with the Clifford ...

Sherborne Old Castle

Architecture; Castles

The ruins of the old castle at Sherborne date from the early 12th century, when the castle was built for Roger de Caen, Bishop of Salisbury. He was a man of great importance who served as Chancellor ...

Sinclair Girnigoe Castle

Architecture; Castles

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe was the home of the Sinclair family, Earls of Caithness. The dramatic ruins are gradually falling into the sea, and its perilous position on steep cliffs make it a castle ...

Skenfrith Castle

Architecture; Castles

Skenfrith Castle, along with White and Grosmont, is one of three castles built to protect one of the main routes through the border region between England and South Wales. In the late 1130's King ...

Spofforth Castle

Architecture; Castles

The ruins of a hall range are all that remain from a fortified house. The site had been the home of the Percy family since Norman times and in 1308, Henry de Percy obtained a licence to crenellate. ...

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