Mulgrave Old Castle 1

Stewart Laker

Saltburn-By-The-Sea, United Kingdom

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Since its construction, around the year 1214, Mulgrave Castle has been the home of the de Mauley family, of the Bigod family, of the Radcliffe family, and of Edmund Lord Sheffield president of the Council of the north and a veteran of the fight against the Spanish Armada.

It served as a prison for the unhappy captives of the de Mauley’s master, King John and as a base for widespread poaching, cattle raiding and worse. The last Peter de Mauley left the Castle to his wife, Matilda; it was said at the time to be worth nothing. Lord Sheffield, in about 1600, converted the neglected buildings into a hunting-lodge which, over forty years later, he was called upon to re-fortify against a Royalist force. The Castle was besieged twice during the civil war and then blown up.

In 1743 The Mulgrave Estate was inherited by the Phipps family and in 1792 the Castle and surrounding woodlands were viewed by the great landscape architect Humphrey Repton. At his suggestion the ruins were Romanticised by the Earl of Mulgrave. In order to halt the steady disappearance of the Castle, a programme of repair and consolidation was begun in 1995. This was finished in 1999.

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