The Thoresby Society - Past Outings

499th Excursion
Saturday April 25th 2015
Harewood Castle and Church
Time: 10.30am at the Church.
Place: Drive up through the Main Gates to the main Reception to collect tickets. Park in the main car park then head for the Church. (no 36 bus from Leeds Bus station)
Guide: Sally Lawless
Cost : £20 which includes access to the Harewood House grounds afterwards (payable in advance to the Thoresby Society)
NB. Sensible shoes…….uneven ground.

Harewood Castle is hidden in the trees, visible from the A61 and is not open to the public. We meet at the church and look at the splendid alabaster tombs to the Redmaynes and Rythers, former owners of the castle and learn something of this family before walking to the castle via the tunnels built for the clergy and villagers to cross the estate out of view of the Lord and Lady, crossing the haha and on a track which was once the turnpike road from Otley to Tadcaster! The castle was built by William de Aldeburgh in 1366 on the site of an earlier building as a grand fortified Tower House and was occupied until about 1630 and abandoned by 1657 when it was offered for sale. Turner painted the castle in the 1790s. This guided tour is an opportunity to visit a hidden gem.