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The History and external shots of the grounds can be accessed thusly:-

EXTERIOR….Part 1 HERE.  Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE

Now we get to the inside of the castle and will start off in the Entrance Hall,

Entrance Hall

described as “one of the boldest conceptions of its age and the first truly dramatic interior of the Gothic revival” due to its elegant Gothic vaulting.  I’m not sure why, but it was decided to construct a carriageway through the castle, presume they were too lazy to ride around the outside. John Carr of York got the job and did it by raising the roof, completing it in 1787 when the 2nd Earl of Darlington’s son returned from his tour of Europe, but the construction did affect other parts of the castle.

swords and guns on the wall in the entrance hall


Park Carriage parked.

One of the parts of the castle that was affected by this new carriageway was the chapel.


So saying, the chapel, originally part of the 14th-century construction, has been messed with on a few occasions.  After John Carr raised the floor 2 1/2 meters for the carriageway to happen, in the 1840’s Scottish architect William Burn was employed and he then lowered the chapel floor by a meter. The window at the south of the altar was covered over in the 17th century and re-opened in 1901 when the 9th Lord Barnard was doing his alterations.

At the rear of the chapel is an arcade decorated with 20th-century portraits of people associated with Raby during the Nevill years, Ralph 1st Earl of Westmoreland, his 2nd wife Joan Beaufort,  Bishop Hatfield who gave them the crenelation license, Lord John Neville, Cicely ‘The Rose of Raby’,  Y’all know who I mean as they all take part in the History bits in parts 1 & 2 which I’m sure you read before starting on this post 🤣.

John, The Bish, Ralph, Joan & Cicily

The likenesses were taken from tomb effigies and stained glass windows.

The Barons’ Hall, where seven hundred knights once gathered to plot the doomed ‘Rising of the North’ in 1569,  was also altered by Mr.Burn.

The Baron’s Hall

He extended the Hall 17m, over his newly created Octagon Drawing Room, and the original hammer-beam roof was replaced with a more elaborate one. However, the Barons’ Hall still retains part of the Minstrels Gallery and a window from the Nevill period.


Books in Baron’s Hall


Now that’s what I call a candlestick!

There’s also a rather gruesome death mask of Harry George, Duke of Cleveland in the Hall.

definitely dead

Well, that will suffice for now, more to come as it’s a big old place, in fact this might be classed as a serial! Stay tooned for more Victorian and Regency interiors.

28 comments on “Raby Castle ~ August 2018 ~ Interior Part 1

  1. Jay says:

    My home decor involves far fewer weapons. What a thing.

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    1. At least they are not in use, currently.


  2. Pit says:

    What a gorgeous interior! Thanks for taking me there. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Always welcome Pit!

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  3. beetleypete says:

    You always shine with your interior shots, FR. And these are no exception. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete, glad you like them!

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  4. What a gorgeous place. I guess it takes a lot of money to make something like (not in my range for sure). Your captured the interiour using natural light through the windows beautifully.

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  5. lolabees says:

    Stunning! I love visiting castles!

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    1. Me too! Thanks Laura hope you are doing OK!


  6. Yes! Looking forward to more. The lighting in that first shot is magnificent, Fraggle.
    A carriageway inside… I can imagine the reactions of the housekeeping staff when they learned that was coming.
    Thanks for another fabulous Fraggle frolic!

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    1. Cheers Teagan, I’ll be doing some more shortly 😊

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  7. I never imagined they built paths for carriages to travel inside a castle, ut it dowes make sense,
    By the way, these images are stunning.

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    1. I don’t know of any other castle that did this, the restructuring was immense! Thanks for your kind comment! 😊

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      1. My pleasure. Have an awesome day

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  8. April Munday says:

    Lovely rooms, although having a carriage in your entrance hall seems a bit over the top.

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    1. Bonkers, but fun to know about.

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      1. April Munday says:

        Whenever I visit places like this I think about the heating and the idea of opening main doors to let carriages through just makes me shiver.

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        1. Hardy lot up here 😉

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  9. …. I need that yellow carriage…. So, now that you have so many pictures of the interior and exterior of this place… You can help me break in and get that carriage?? 🤔😅

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  10. steviegill says:

    Your series on Raby Castles is amazing — you’re making me want to revisit! We went several years ago and I think was quite disappointed with the shots I took, but your photos are fab. I love that circle of guns — I remember seeing that in an episode of Jonathan Creek and recognizing the location instantly!

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    1. Here’s Stevie, it’s a brill place, good cafe too!

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