Bolton Castle
Bolton Castle, 2006

Bolton Castle ist eine Kastellburg in Wensleydale in den Yorkshire Dales der nordenglischen Grafschaft North Yorkshire.

Die Burg ist von sehr kompakter Anlage. Die um den Innenhof angeordneten Wohngebäude sind drei Stockwerke hoch, während die vier Ecktürme ursprünglich fünf Stockwerke hoch waren. Die Burg war also recht stark befestigt; allerdings waren keine flankierenden Tortürme oder eine Zugbrücke vorhanden.

Das Schloss ist vor allem bekannt als Ort, an dem die schottische Königin Maria Stuart 1568 ein halbes Jahr lang gefangen gehalten wurde, und als Drehort für Historienfilme, z. B. Ivanhoe – Der schwarze Ritter, Elizabeth, Heartbeat, und Der Doktor und das liebe Vieh. Francis Knollys, der dort die flüchtige Maria Stuart auf Weisung von Elisabeth I. (England) unterbrachte, äußerte: „The highest walls of any house he had seen“.

Richard le Scrope ließ das Schloss 1378-1399 errichten. Nachkommen der Scrope-Familie - die Lords Bolton - besitzen es auch heute noch, wohnen aber seit 1678 auf Bolton Hall.

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