Malton Castle

Malton Castle was a castle in Malton, North Yorkshire, England. A wooden motte and bailey castle was built by William Tyson, lord of Alnwick in the 11th century, on the site of the Roman fort of Derventio Brigantum. The castle was given to Eustace fitz John, who rebuilt it in stone.[1]

Malton Castle
Malton, North Yorkshire
Malton Castle is located in North Yorkshire
Malton Castle
Malton Castle
Coordinates54°08′05″N 0°47′31″W / 54.13469°N 0.79192°W / 54.13469; -0.79192Coordinates: 54°08′05″N 0°47′31″W / 54.13469°N 0.79192°W / 54.13469; -0.79192
Site information
ConditionFragmentary remains

Eustace negotiated the delivery of the castle to King David I of Scotland in 1138.[2] The Scots garrisoned the castle, however it was captured later the same year.[3] King Richard I of England visited the castle in 1189 and King Edward II of England in 1307. The castle was held against King John of England, during the First Barons' War.[4] After the battle of Old Byland the castle was captured and destroyed by King Robert I of Scotland in 1322.[5] The castle was not repaired and fell into ruins. Only the former gatehouse and some short sections of original medieval curtain wall still exist.[6] The gatehouse is now used as a hotel.

The Old Lodge, formerly the gatehouse to Malton Castle and now a hotel

A house was built on the site in 1569 by Ralph, Lord Eure, which came to be inherited by two sisters of the Eure family, Margaret and Mary.[7] In 1674 they fell out over ownership and took their argument to the County Sheriff, who destroyed the house and put the stones into two equal piles for the sisters to share.[8]

The site is now a scheduled monument.[9]

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  1. ^ "Keeping Malton Castle's story alive". Gazette & Herald. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. ^ Eastmead, William (1824). Historia Rievallensis: containing the history of Kirkby Moorside, and an account of the most important places in its vicinity. London: Baldwin, Chadock & Joy. pp. 355–356. OCLC 315612804.
  3. ^ "Parishes: New Malton". British History Online. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "The Castle That Malton Forgot" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  5. ^ Pettifer, Adrian (1995). "Yorkshire: North Riding". English castles: a guide by counties. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. p. 301. ISBN 9780851156002.
  6. ^ "The Castle That Malton orgot" (PDF). Ryedale District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Genuki: MALTON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1890., Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  8. ^ Stone, John (2 June 2008). "Field of change". BBC York & North Yorkshire. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Site of Malton Castle (1004051)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 December 2019.

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