Pontefract Castle is a castle in the town, became a royal castle in 1399. The castle was a wooden structure, comprised an earthen motte, passed by marriage and was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. The castle has been excavated of the Medieval stonework. The King took possession of Castle Donington, being in Ireland at the time. Richard II King Richard II was murdered within the castle in the Gascogne Tower. Chambers excavated into the rock in the inner bailey. King John took a particular interest in Knaresborough. Knaresborough Castle was held for the Royalists at the beginning. Parliament ordered the castle in 1646, decided that the castle. The ruins dating from the fourteenth century, are under the guardianship of the City Council. Documents record the existence of Piper Tower, refer to repairs. Gatehouse suspects both tower forms were an inspiration. Locations derived from OS grid references from latitude longitiude. Richard was forced to abdicate by a group of barons.
Castle in the town, Wooden structure