Flamborough Castle
Castle Flamborough East Riding Of Yorkshire

Flamborough Castle

Castle In Flamborough, East Riding Of Yorkshire

Remains of a 14th century castle in the heart of Flamborough village.

We recently spent a few days on the East coast and found quite a few gems in and around Flamborough. Flamborough Castle is a medieval ruin with plenty of history surrounding it.

From the 11th century, Flamborough was owned by the Earls of Chester. In 1139, Robert the Constable, a tenant of the earls obtained the estate and the family was associated with the village for 400 years.

In 1351 permission was granted for Marmaduke Constable to fortify his manor house, the remains of which you can see today. The tower is the only part of the castle still standing, but it would have originally consisted of an inner courtyard, hall, kitchen, beer house, bake house and 'great barn'. There are some earthworks surrounding the ruin which provide evidence of where these rooms were and it was also believed there was a moat around the castle.

The castle passed through generations of the Constables until one of the family's most notorious members, Sir Robert Constable got himself into bother. In 1536, Robert became involved with The Pilgrimage of Grace, a Yorkshire uprising against Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1537, he was found guilty of treason and his body was hung from the Beverley Gate in Hull. At this point, the castle was seized by the crown and much of the castle was demolished by 1573.

The tower that still stands would likely have been two floors and you can spot a couple of details on the building that still remain. On the east wall, there is a chute, which would have been the toilet or garderobe chute and internally you can see a ribbed arch for the vault over the ground floor.

The castle is not accessible, but you can view it from the war memorial at the side of the road. If you fancy extending your visit, we recommend popping in to The Seabirds Inn for lunch, just down the road.

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There is parking in the village, a few minutes walk from the castle.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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