Scarborough Castle



Just before I disappear to London and lose myself in manuscripts for a few days, I just wanted to share my photos of Scarborough Castle with you. This was where, in 1312, Edward was forced to leave a possibly sick Piers Gaveston in order to try and rally some royalist forces to go to his aid against a large number of rebel barons.


However, before he could do so, Gaveston surrendered to his enemies on the 19th May 1312 on the promise that he would be safely brought to London to face trial. But this was not to be – on the 10th June at Deddington in Oxfordshire, Gaveston was kidnapped from his escourt by the earl of Warwick and taken to Warwick Castle. He was held prisoner there for about nine days – until the earl of Lancaster arrived. Lancaster took it upon himself to be the judge and jury and declared that while Gaveston lived, England would not be safe. Accordingly, Gaveston was taken to nearby Blacklow Hill, on land owned by Lancaster and there killed by two Welshmen.



The whole place has quite a melancholy feeling to it, most likely aided and abetted by the sound of the sea and the seagulls. When I visited it was also largely devoid of people, making the vast castle area seem even bigger and emptier. All in all it exuded a sense of desolation and sadness, although that may just have been my writer’s mind imaging Pier’s desperate last hours of comparative freedom deciding whether to remain put and hope Edward came through or else sacrifice himself to an unknown fate and avert a civil war.

Dramatic view of the keep

King John’s Chambers 


St. Mary’s Chapel – an isolated place of worship near the cliff edge.

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9 Responses to Scarborough Castle

  1. Anerje says:

    Thank you for posting the pix!

    The gatehouse at Scarborough – probably the one Gaveston left by – to his death

    very poignant!

  2. Anerje says:

    Hope you and Alianore had a fruitful day!

  3. Su_H says:

    I love Scarborough Castle – that and Whitby Abbey are an annual pilgrimmage! 🙂

  4. Alianore says:

    Lovely pics! I've never been to Scarborough Castle (well, once when I was about 10, but I can't remember it at all) and I would like to visit, but I'm also sure that I'd feel really sad there because of Piers…:(

  5. Carla says:

    Very atmospheric.

  6. Gabriele C. says:

    There are so many places to see.

    Why do always the idiots who spend their money on cars, parties and whores win the lottery, and not I? 😉

  7. Lady D. says:

    Thanks all.

    Gabriele – I couldn't agree more!

  8. Great pictures…adding this to my places to see list! I can imagine it feels a little spooky walking through those gates knowing what happened when Piers did.

  9. Leor says:

    Admirable place! Read some documents about it, hope to visit it one day.

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