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Farewell to Richmond Castle

May 13, 2015

Cockpit Garden, Richmond Castle

The photograph above shows the start of the cobbled path which winds its way down and round the Cockpit Garden at Richmond Castle, where I have had the pleasure of working these past 14 months.

This is my last week at the castle and I have been reflecting on what I shall miss: the sense of peace and quiet which descends on the site at closing time, the rooks nesting in the trees and the distant roar of the Swaledale Falls from the other side of the curtain wall, (although it has been more of a ‘mew’ in recent times).

Yet, while I am always impressed by the sight of the 100ft high Keep which dominates the town from all angles but manages to disappear from view once visitors reach the market place, I shall definitely not miss the daily climb of its 137 steps.

So it’s farewell to Richmond Castle, or should I say ‘au revoir’ in deference to its Norman/Breton lineage, and hello to the twin towers of Dunstanburgh Castle, which are visible from the campsite where I will be translating skills learnt as an Historic Properties Steward into the role of Holiday Site Assistant.

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