Mulgrave Castle  North Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mulgrave Castle like this:

MULGRAVE CASTLE, the seat of the Marquis of Normanby in Hutton-Mulgrave township, Lythe parish, N. R. Yorkshire; near the coast, 4 miles W of Whitby. It takes its name from an ancient neighbouring stronghold; is a handsome edifice, in the castellated style; stands on an elevated site, in a beautiful park, combining the attractions of wooded scenery with those of anear view of the sea; and gives the title of Earl to the Marquis of Normanby. ...

The ancient stronghold is said to have been built by the Saxon Wada or Wade, about 200 years before the Norman conquest; passed, through the Fossards and others, to Peter de Mauley, in the time of King John; was rebuilt by De Mauley, and called by him Montgrace, but miscalled by his enemies Montgrave; went to successively the Bigods, the Radcliffes, the Sheffields, and the Phippses; was dismantled, in the time of Charles I., by order of the parliament; and is now a curtailed and shattered ruin, comprising chiefly acentral square keep, with towers at the corners, two circular towers on the flanks of the entrance, and a squaretower at the S E angle of the outer wall.

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Mulgrave Castle through time

Mulgrave Castle is now part of Scarborough district. Click here for graphs and data of how Scarborough has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Mulgrave Castle itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Mulgrave Castle, in Scarborough and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th July 2024

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