Houses of Interest: North Yorkshire
For sites of interest in York, and the Marston Moor battlefield see here; Skipton Castle see here, and Knaresborough Castle here.
All Saints Church in Ripley (Harrogate way, not the one in Derbyshire) was used by the Parliamentarians as a billet for their soldiers who were pursuing fleeing Royalists from Marston Moor. A number were captured and executed against the walls of the church which still bears the scars of musket balls. Inside the Church they added graffiti "no pompe nor pride let God be honoured" to the tomb of Sir William Ingilby (1546-1618).
Interestingly Sir William's children are both claimed to have fought at Marston Moor: Sir William (junior) was a Royalist cavalry officer, and his sister Jane is supposed to have disguised herself as a man wearing full armour in order to take the field.
After the Battle Sir William (jr.) hid in Ripley Castle's priest hole when Cromwell's men came looking for him; Cromwell asked to stay the night, Jane agreed on the condition that his men slept in the barn and she could keep two loaded pistols at her side. For this, Jane became known as 'trooper Jane'. Private guided tours of the castle are available.
Photo of a Victorian print of Jane keeping guard over Cromwell in the Castle's library
(from Sheroes of History blog)
|Tadcaster Castle's motte|
|One of the few buildings to survive the fire of the first assault,|
the extension is a modern addition
|Cawood Castle Gatehouse|