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Bedale Castle

In the civil parish of Bedale.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE26528842
Latitude 54.29072° Longitude -1.59407°

Bedale Castle has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


King writes 'persistently credited with castle on no evidence at all'. Salter writes castle of about 1300, foundations were visible in mid C19. Jackson say was more a hunting lodge thought to be founded by Brian fitz Alan prior to his death in 1305 and to have been abandoned before 1340. In 1859 a visitor noted that 'Extensive foundations lie beneath the surface of the gardens of Bedale Hall where the castle is said to have stood.' Site now covered by road.

Brian son of Alan had a park here in the time of King John. (VCH ref. Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 186)

King over states the position. The FitzAlans were an important family of soldiers occasional holding office as county Sheriff. Brian was custodian of Scotland from 1297. Bedale was a major manor of theirs with a park and will have had a substantial house for which foundations were found. It is highly likely this house will have had the full panoply of martial architectural decoration including crenellations. See also the fortifications added to the parish church of St Gregory. However, it is an open question as to if this made the house a 'castle'. The location, beside the church, suggests this was more than a hunting lodge, although the adjacent park will have been a focus for the house.
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