The History and external shots of the grounds can be accessed thusly:-
Now we get to the inside of the castle and will start off in the 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.
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 🤣.
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.
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.
There’s also a rather gruesome death mask of Harry George, Duke of Cleveland in the Hall.
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.