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Pontefract Castle wins Design Award

Pontefract Castle wins Design Award

Pontefract Castle has won a prestigious award in Pontefract Civic Society’s 2011 Design Awards, announced at a presentation evening on 5 March 2012.


The monument was awarded first place in the Special Commendation category, received for the conservation work to the Gascoigne Tower unveiled this spring. The 10 week programme of work was funded by Wakefield Council, the English Heritage, and WREN, and included fully conserving the Gascoigne Tower, famous for being where King Richard II was held prisoner.


Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Libraries, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Pontefract Civic Society has acknowledged the fantastic improvements that have been made to Pontefract Castle.


The improvements included inserting new stonework to strengthen the tower's medieval vaulted cellar, and the tower has been re-pointed. Wakefield Council also worked with the Friends of Pontefract Castle to improve the site, including a new sundial and resurfacing paths.


In the Middle Ages, Pontefract Castle was one of the most important fortresses in the north of England and a royal castle from 1399. Famous for the death of Richard II, who was held prisoner here and, for being laid siege to three times during the English Civil War in the 1640s.

The remains of the castle and the underground magazine chamber are open to visitors and an exhibition on the site tells the story of the Castle and its owners.