It’s been a while since I was able to get out to a castle. I was up in Leeds for a meeting last week, so decided on my way back to stop off at one.
The current stone Conisbrough Castle dates back to the late 12th century. It is believed, however, that a defensive structure of timber and earthworks would have stood here before that time. This original castle was given by William the Conquerer to William de Warenne. The site itself is located on a natural plateau, near and old roman road and crossing.
The stone tower was constructed by Isabel and Hamelin de Warenne around 1170-1180 and despite being unique in it’s design, it shares a lot of similarities with Orford Castle. This is most likely due to Hamelin being the illegitimate half brother of Henry II.
The castle was abandoned by the early 16th century and became a tourist attraction through the 18th and 19th century. It is now under the protection of English Heritage.
On to the photos.
It was a nice quite mooch around on a Friday afternoon. When I started off, it was clear skies, typically of this year it went grey.
I must admit, I haven’t had the finest year and haven’t really been happy with my results. This has come down to a number of things, one being the weather always seems to thwart me. I have also been fighting sensor dust since RIAT.
For once, I was quite happy with this set. The castle was photogenic and I felt like I had some of my mojo back.
I am heading out for a photography day with my friend next month, but until then, thanks for looking.