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Posted:  Thursday 22 June 2017

An Excursion to Skipton for
North West Associates

- Wednesday 14th June -

On a bright morning in June, some ninety P&G Manchester retirees boarded three coaches, and set off for a day out to the market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire.

We made our way first to The Baby Swan Conservatory at The Rendezvous Hotel on the outskirts of Skipton, to enjoy a very lunch to which everyone commented on how nice the meal was.

Back on the coaches to visit Skipton Castle which is not only perfectly preserved but has survived virtually un-altered since the last modernisation more than 300 years ago.  The castle was actually built in 1090 by Robert de Romille a Norman Baron.

Lady Ann Clifford - 1590-1676 - restored the Castle after it suffered damage during and after the Civil War.  The name on the ramparts above the outer gates bears the proud motto of the Cliffords. DESORMIS which stand for "Henceforth".

The present owner of the castle is Mr Wilfred Fattorini who bought the castle in 1956.  It was fully restored in 1987 and the owner and the family still live on the site.

However an interesting thought was mentioned by a member of staff that when the castle was for sale in 1956, two other contenders to purchase the castle were Sir Billy Butlin and the famous member of the aristocracy Lady Docker, so who what might have become of the castle.

Following their visit to the castle everyone was free to explore the town or the countryside surrounding Skipton and enjoy the rest of the beautiful day.

Dilys Bray

pictures:  cyril heap

(ch  22/06/2017)

(ph  22/06/2017)

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