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Henderskelfe Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Howard; Hinderskelf; Henderskelf; Hinderskelfe; Hinderskell

In the civil parish of Henderskelfe.
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: SE71517006
Latitude 54.12144° Longitude -0.90737°

Henderskelfe Castle has been described as a certain Tower House.

There are no visible remains.


Henderskelfe Castle, built in the reign of Edward III by the Greystoke family, was in ruins in 1359. It was rebuilt in 1683 but was destroyed by fire in 1693 (Whellan 1859; VCH 1923; Pevsner 1966).
The remains of Hinderskelfe Castle, together with the village (SE 77 SW 11) and the church (SE 77 SW 12) was destroyed to make way for Castle Howard house in the years following 1699. Barley's redrawn central portion of the 1694 estate map (see SE 77 SW 11) shows the relationship between the castle and the present Castle Howard which is shown as a superimposed pecked outline. The true position of the former castle would therefore be at SE 7151 7006 (as shown on OS 6" 1958) and not at the original Ordnance Survey 1889 location at SE7163 6996. Barley added that if the castle had been located at the latter position it would have interfered with the making of the formal gardens which proceeded alongside the building of Castle Howard house (Barley, 1978). (PastScape)

This was held by the barons of Greystock. In 1359 it was in ruins but was possibly rebuilt as a tower house since Leland described it as a fine quadrant of stone having four toures buildid castelle like. This was burnt down in the early 18th century. (North Yorkshire HER)

Leland describes quadrangular building with four towers (the fortifications possible only added in about 1500). Excavated by 'Time Team' in 2002 and excavation continued for couple of years after this. Excavation results mainly showed the completeness of the demolition of the castle and associated village.
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