Banqueting Tower, Castle Bolton MYD36635 (c) YDNPA, 2023
An extensive deer park had been created around Bolton Castle by the end of the 14th century. It included one, possibly two hunting towers. Such towers were built so that the lord’s men could keep an eye out for poachers. This tower had another purpose as a place where the lord could entertain his guests and view the park and its deer. The square tower only survives as fragmentary stone footings.
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