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Richmond, North Yorkshire

Richmond, North Yorkshire is a town of unique character and beauty which has changed little through the centuries. With the variety of shopping and it's many pubs, hotels and restaurants, the proximity to the most stunning scenery anywhere to be seen, Richmond remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to visit in the Country.

Founded by the Normans in 1071 the town grew up around the castle built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' that gave the town its name and whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around. The first of all Richmonds was an important regional centre in the medieval period, when royal charters were granted giving rights to hold markets and fairs.

The Georgian era was one of great prosperity for the town, when many fine buildings were constructed, and one of the first gas works in Europe was built. Many of the houses built at that time surround the cobbled market place, said to be one of the largest in England, with the Church of the Holy Trinity rising from its centre.

All of the information above and below has been provided by Richmond Online, an excellent website that I am sure you will find extremely useful to visit for more information, not only on the history of Richmond, but also current events, town guide and much more.  Please click here to find out more www.richmond.org

Local Attractions & Points of Interest

Please click on www.richmond.org for full details of what exciting things Richmond, North Yorkshire can offer you and your family & friends.

Culloden Tower

31 December 2012

Culloden Tower

The architect, Daniel Garrett, had a talent for the design of Rococo-Gothic plasterwork which can be found in the rooms of the tower. Gothic motifs were found in the tall main room, though set with an orderly Classical framework. Most of the decoration of the tower is Rococo, a style which was more fashionable on the Continent than with anything that was seem in England at that time.

Culloden Tower was built in the garden/parkland of Yorke House, crowning the hill opposite the town and acting as a foil to Richmond Castle's greater tower. The land on which the Tower was built had previously been the site of another tower - a pele tower, called Hudswell's Tower, which stood there from the 14th century until the 17th century.

Yorke House which stood closer to the river at the foot of the hill was demolished in 1823, after which the gardens and Culloden Tower became attached to Temple View, a large house to the north of the tower. Temple View, now known as Temple Lodge, started life as a Gothic Menagerie and was built by the last John Yorke in 1769.

 

The Yorke Family

The Yorke family came to Richmond when John Yorke of Goulthwaite married Mary Norton of Richmond in 1651. Her dowry was a large house on the Green which then passed to the Yorke family and became Yorke House (now demolished). John Yorke was knighted at the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and was the first member of his family to represent Richmond in Parliament in 1661. John had a son called Thomas who was elected MP for the first time in 1688. Thomas's son was another John, and it was he who had Culloden Tower built.

 

Culloden Tower Today

Culloden Tower is now owned by The Landmark Trust who renovated it from the sad state of neglect it had fallen into over the years. The Landmark Trust now rent it out as holiday accommodation. Inside there are 4 rooms one above the other (the upper three being octagonal) and a terrace on the roof with a steep spiral staircase connecting the rooms. The tower, since being carefully renovated to it's original Rococo-Gothic and Classical styles, is a popular landmark of Richmond and is occasionally open to the public.



        


 

 

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