By: Chris Knowles
Today I went for a walk around Pontefract Castle and since it was a nice day took a few photos which I post below. Wikipedia identifies the following historical anecdotes about the castle:
- King Richard II was supposedly murdered there, a crime immortalised in Shakespeare’s Richard III.
- Henry VIII fifth wife, Catherine Howard is said to have committed the act of adultery at the castle for which she was later executed.
- Mary Queen of Scots stayed there in 1569.
- It was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War and it was then that it was reduced to ruins.