Corner of Yorkshire: Skipsea Castle

The first thing you notice about Skipsea Castle is how little there is left of it; just a hillock and a few ditches, actually. What used to be there, however, was a significant Norman Castle, built in 1086 by Drogo de la Beauvriére after he was gifted the lordship of Holderness by William the Conqueror as a thanks for fighting alongside him at the Battle of Hastings.

The castle stood as home to the Lords of Holderness and the area’s administrative capital for another 130 years before Count William de Forz II ordered it destroyed as during his rebellion against the king.

Historians believe the castle to have been surrounded by a large moat and the neighbouring village of Skipsea Brough was built to further defend the it from attack.

Sadly the coastal port that the castle was created to serve never prospered and so no-one saw fit to preserve any element of the building, leaving just a steep hill for local kids to sledge down in winter.

Dave Lee

High res j-pegs here:  http://bit.ly/GAqavR

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