The Abandoned Stone Ruins of the 14th Century Harewood Castle


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June 19, 2014

Harewood Castle is on Harrogate Road shortly past Fitts Lane, in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire County, England.

Harewood Castle began in 1366 when Sir William De Aldeburgh built a rectangular tower house. The home was visible for miles with the main section comprising of 2 storeys with 4 angled towers on the sides. The castle became the possession of the Ryther and Redmayne families at the death of De Aldeburgh in 1388. The son and daughter of James Ryther sold the estate to Sir William Wentworth to clear the debts of their family in 1600. Sir Wentworth did not use Harewood Hall as a main home and it began to fall into slow disrepair. By 1656 it was listed for sale because William Wentworth found the upkeep for the estate to be too much. Sir John Cutler bought the home, even though some of the home had the timber removed already. After Cutlers death the home was passed to his daughter, at her death to his nephew and then to his nephew at his death. After this, Harewood Castle and land were sold to Henry Lascelles in 1738. Henry Lascelles son, Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood decided not to fix Harewood Castle and built Harewood House on the land instead. Harewood House can be found with these coordinates. 53.896904,-1.527167. It is not abandoned and can be visited.

Harewood Castle has been used in art depictions as abandoned ruins since the 1700’s. The Romantic landscape painter artist, J. M. W. turner, created several paintings of Harewood Castle during the 1780’s and 1790’s. You can buy a scan of the 1901 print of the Harewood Castle Ruins.

Harewood Castle was put on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Sometime later Harewood Castle was put on the Buildings at Risk Register and in 2000 fundraising began to restore and help Harewood Estate. By 2008, the restoration was finished and Harewood Castle was taken off of the Buildings at Risk List.

Where is the abandoned ruin of the medieval Harewood Castle? You can find it with these coordinates. 53.905857,-1.51168.

Harewood Castle photographs by Tom Blackwell from flickr.com/tjblackwell. These images were used under the following Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic.

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