Castle Bolton

Information on Castle Bolton, Yorkshire

Castle Bolton which takes its name from the imposing Castle which overlooks its village green. The castle was built between 1378 and 1399 by Richard le Scrope, 1st Baron Scrope of Bolton and Chancellor of England. The castle is where Mary Queen of Scots was held after her defeat in Scotland at the Battle of Langside in 1568. She fled to England, posing a threat to the position of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I.  She stayed at the Castle for 6 months and was allowed to wander the surrounding area and often went hunting. Whilst there she learnt English, as she only spoke French, Latin and the Scots language. Mary left Bolton Castle in 1569 and was taken to Tutbury in Staffordshire where she spent much of the 18 years before her execution in 1587. The castle is currently owned by Harry, the eighth Lord Bolton, who lives at nearby Bolton Hall, built in 1675. Bolton Castle is open to the public and has a maze, herb garden, wild flower meadow, rose garden and a vineyard on the site. Is an imposing site from many vantage points across Wensleydale and good views are afforded from the minor road running parallel to the A684 between Newbiggin and  Carperby.

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