View Full Version : Whorlton castle . Whorlton . 19/02/11

20-02-2011, 04:40 PM
Whorlton castle a grade 1 listed scheduled monument , nothing remains of the village after its destruction during the bubonic plague . In the early 12th century a motte and bailey castle stood here and the earthworks are still visible . Described in 1343 as in a ruinous condition the stone towerhouse and gatehouse were constructed by the meynells in the 14th century . All that remains now is the basement of the towerhouse and the 3 storey gatehouse . Down the road from the castle are the remains of the 12th century Holy Cross church complete with the 14th century tower.
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the floor plans

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the 1st view walking up the road

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the 4 plaques above the 1st portcullis . They depict from the left , Meynell , Darcy , Graystock . The upper plaque depicts meynell impaling Darcy

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1st floor viewing point

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the grill to stop access to the 2nd floor

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view down the stairs from the 2nd floor

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2nd floor passage

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scaffolding holding walls together

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view out from the 2nd floor

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the exit to the 1st floor

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looking up the tower

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tower entrance

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rear of the gatehouse

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the basements of the towerhouse

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steps down to the basement

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there is another large crack on the other side aswell

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slipperyness that sent me flying down to the bottom of the thankfully empty moat

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moss !!!

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snowdrops . shame the only thing in focus is the nettle

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Holy Cross church . 12th century nave and 14th century tower


20-02-2011, 07:11 PM
Nice one, a place I would poke arouns too.

20-02-2011, 07:34 PM
nice local place to me been there loads of times shame about the graffiti on the back i dont see the point in it .its really easy to climb up to the top you can get some good views from there too,the church is nice ,some good pics i didnt know the full history but i did read about plans to develop it into a holiday home or appartments I really hope they dont , i like the way its free and easy to get to

20-02-2011, 07:42 PM
nice :)

20-02-2011, 09:58 PM
Ohhh I do like a nice castle ruin :thumb

20-02-2011, 10:20 PM
Thats cool and very Gothic!

20-02-2011, 10:57 PM
Looks like a cracking little place this