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Sandal Castle - an extract from a drawing made about 1560. The original is in the National Archives, ref. MPC 97.

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Photographed on a dull day from the Walton Colliery Nature Park: A Virgin Cross Country train undergoing trials. The castle remainsare in the background.
[2001]

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The castle ruins in the days before the site was made more tourist friendly.
[2000]

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An old postcard view of the castle ruins,
date unknown but taken before
the excavations started in the 1960s.

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Sandal Magna viewed from the motte. In the distance is the railway embankment at Oakenshaw Lane. Somewhere from that direction, came the Lancastrian forces from Pontefract Castle to defeat Richard Plantagenet in 1460.
[2009]

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Sandal Castle viewed from a distance of about 2.5km from the old colliery site (then a car park) on the hill above Newmillerdam. The car park is now closed to vehicles, apparently as a consequence of illegal occupation.
[2001]

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The motte and the ruins of some of the buildings in the bailey.
[2009]

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A nother view towards St. Helen's - this time in May with more greenery.
[2009]

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The motte, keep and barbican in the days before the Visitor Centre was built.
[2000]

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Ruins of the barbican and, facing it across the inner moat, the remains of the two drum towers. These give an indication of the fine level of workmanship that went into the construction of the castle.
[2009]

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View across Puneys towards distant Emley Moor - one of the few communications towers that manages to look attractive, at least from afar.
[2001]

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Remains of the Lodging Chamber and Great Hall.
[2000]

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A view of the remains of the defended staircase that went up from the drum towers to the keep. The inner moat lies between the drum towers and the barbican.
[2009]

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The castle motte visible from the River Calder. Photographed from the Denby Dale Road Bridge.
[2009]

 

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