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Report - Harewood Castle Ruins - Harewood, Leeds - Jan 2020


Harewood Castle Ruins
Harewood, Leeds
Jan 2020.


HISTORY:
Harewood Castle is a 14th-century stone hall house and courtyard fortress, located on the Harewood Estate, in West Yorkshire, England. The castle was designed to strike a balance between security and comfort: a mixture of convenience and magnificence. The last resident was Robert Ryther, who retired to his wife’s family’s estate in Lincolnshire around 1630. By 1657, when the amalgamated Harewood estate was bought by Sir John Cutler, the castle was falling down and uninhabitable, remaining derilict until a major programme of repair and consolidation of the surviving structure took place during 2004 and 2005, with financial support from English Heritage and the Harewood Estate. In 2008, the castle was taken off the Buildings at Risk Register.


Harewood Castle depicted in 1787 in a painting by famous landscape artist J M W Turner.
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EXPLORE:
A much more relaxed explore, requiring a lovely walk through scenic Yorkshire woodland. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, can't wait for a revisit on a hot summers day later in the year. Reaching the actual castle does require navigating through more dense woodland which shield the ruins from public view and access.
You never know what you're gonna find when you venture alone into the woods, and as I took the longer, scenic route, I stumbled across a fenced off, abandoned shell of a building. Moving further in, I found a Christmas tree graveyard, and the massacred bodies of three Guy Fawkes dolls. Weird! Afew pictures from the walk to the explore:

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Not much I can report on the actual explore. The whole setting felt like something from a Tomb Raider level. It was cool to see a 700 year old Yorkshire castle, however I definitely felt a little uneasy inside the ruins. The structure is absolutely knackered, neglected and left to crumble down. The fact that there were numerous cctv cameras inside and surrounding the site deterred me from sticking around too long. Onto the pictures:

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Let me know what you think. Cheers!
 

Lizardlady

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28DL Member
I've been to this one quite a few times over the years now, it's wonderful, love the view from the top!
 

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