The spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire dates back to the 1100’s and is home to some of the region’s most beautiful buildings. Below, we’ve rounded up four of the most historic buildings in the town which have great roofs.
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall is a mansion built in the seventeenth-century as a hall house. The main hall of the house was rebuilt sometime around the 1630s and was again remodelled 18 years later, in 1648, before further remodelling took place in 1692. The hall was then rebuilt from the ground up in 1648 upon instruction from James Murgatroyd, who hails from Warley and remains in its 1648 form today.
The Hall is now considered as one of the greatest examples of Yorkshire architecture from the 17th century and has a stunning roof to boot.
The Hall is made up of two stories and is built mainly of ashlar. Huge fireplaces, as well oak panels, can be found in the interior rooms of the property, and it has plasterwork ceilings that are just beautiful. The Hall displays a lot of oak furniture, historical embroidery and pewter. In the exterior grounds of the property, you’ll find a maze of grass and a pond in the garden.
The Hall was used in the 1992 film Wuthering Heights, and now plays hosts to events including children’s trails, open-air theatre shows, ghost tours and much more.
Skipton Castle is more 900 years old and is among the most preserved and still complete medieval castles found in England. The castle was able to survive a three-year siege during the Civil War, and today stands proud as a reminder of Harrogate’s fascinating history.
The Castle has a banquet hall, a kitchen, a bedchamber and a privy. It also has a dungeon and a watchtower, which provided citizen protection from invaders during the war.
Even today, new historical discoveries are being made from inside the Skipton Castle. Just within the past few years, they found an ancient wall within the castle, which was used to help explain how the garrison of the castle was able to survive the siege of 1643 to 1645.
The Newburgh Priory was of the Augustinian Order and was built in 1145 through the grant of the Newburgh area given to Robert de Mowbray by William the Conqueror. Roger, who was Robert’s son, built the priory and chose its placement in the county.
Portraits of the family can still be found in the Priory’s walls, with paintings of William Bellasis, who was the person that made the priory a private residence back in 1546, and Captain Wombwell and his wife, the couple who owned it the priory until 1986.
Anthony Bellasis, who was one of Henry VIII’s chaplains, bought the priory from Henry. Restorations and changes were made between 1720 up to 1760, but most of what William built remains today.
Newby Hall is a testament to the great architecture of the 18th century and was the home of Richard Compton and his wife. It was constructed around the 1960s and inspired by the style used by Christopher Wren’s house. It was then expanded by John Carr and Robert Adam.
Weddell, one of the ancestors of the Compton’s, went on a Grand Tour and his collections from the tour make up most of the displays in the house. This includes Gobelin Tapestries, which are very rare, and a classical statuary gallery, as well as a few pieces of Chippendale’s furniture.
Today, Newby Hall displays the National Cornus Collection. It also has a beautiful garden that is perfect for children looking for an adventure.
There’s no doubting that Harrogate is home to some stunning castles and roofs, but you don’t live in a castle and need local roofing contractors based in Harrogate, get in touch.