3. Pontefract Castle
Little remains of this once imposing castle today, but few sites have seen such a long list of historic events as Pontefract Castle in the north of England.
Here’s a list of just some of the things that happened there:
- Richard II was almost certainly murdered there – as was mentioned by Skakespeare in Richard III (“Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison, Fatal and ominous to noble peers!“).
- The Castle was surrendered to the leaders of the Catholic ‘Pilgramage Of Grace’ uprising against Henry VIII.
- The castle was the reputed location of the first act of adultery by Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII.
- Mary Queen of Scots lodged here during here exile in Elizabethan times.
- The castle was major stronghold of the Royalists in the English Civil War in 1644. It was ultimately ruined in the fighting.