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Hazlewood Castle has been in the family estate of the Vavasours since Norman times and was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086

We have a 1000 years of real history within these ancient walls and far too mucho feature everything on this page, so we have a short video to watch and we also recommend a guided history tour so you don't miss a thing of the intriguing history of this magnificent Castle.

Learn how Sir William Vavasour in 1290 petitioned Edward I to Crenellate his manor at Hazlewood, transforming the house into a castle.

How the chapel was declared extra-parochial by the Archbishop of York, in gratitude for access to free stone for the building of York Minster, and much more!

Hazlewood Castle has a long and varied history, during it's life the Castle has homed many walks of life and been host to many exciting events.

During a visit to the Castle a guided history tour is a must to immerse yourself in it's rich heritage.


The Castle also overlooks the site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil, Towton Moor, where on Palm Sunday 1461 the Houses of York and Lancaster fought in horrendous weather, it is thought that up to 28,000 died during the battle.

The Towton Battlefied Society hold regular talks and their website is packed full of information and facts

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