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Wressle Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wressill; Wreshil; Wresill

In the civil parish of Wressle.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of East Riding of Yorkshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Yorkshire East Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE70683154
Latitude 53.77541° Longitude -0.92912°

Wressle Castle has been described as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Remains of a moated quadrangular castle constructed 1380-90 for Sir Henry Percy, it fell into decay by 1537 and was largely demolished in 1650 by an act of parliament, except for the south range, which was occupied until 1796. The medieval moat survives as an earthwork, with some ruins of the castle still standing. Another moat lies to the north of the first moat, originally visible as an earthwork, but levelled and visible as a cropmark on later photography. There is some suggestion of internal features within the moated enclosure. The precise square form of this moated enclosure suggests it is a formal garden moat and terraced area. (PastScape)

The south range, of two three storey towers and a intervening two storey hall range, survives to full height but is unroofed. It is clearly of totally domestic character. There is nothing to suggest the rest of the castle was significantly different in design. The presence of moated gardens show this was very much a country retreat for the Percy's easily accessible from the navigable River Derwent. The ruins are just visible from the road but are not open to the public.
Despite not generally being open to the public the excellent paper 2011 by Peter Brears and 2015 survey by Ed Dennison and Shaun Richardson of the surrounding landscape now given an excellent insight into this late medieval castle and its function as a stately home to one of the great noble families of England.
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This record last updated 15/08/2017 15:56:47

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