Both branches of the de Lacy family (Walter and Ilbert) built many fine castles across England, Wales and Ireland. Pontefract Castle originally built by Ilbert de Lacy was the greatest of all the de Lacy Castles.
Painting by Alexander Keirincx, Pontefract Castle in Pontefract, West Yorkshire (England), ca. 1640. Now hanging in Pontefract Museum
The Pontefract Photo Gallery will be increased once the restoration work at Pontefract is completed.
The de Lacy Honour of Bowland seat. Clitheroe Castle from a 1650 engraving
Clitheroe Castle North Lancashire, England.
Donington Castle. There is no site of the Norman castle remaining in the Leicestershire town of Castle Donington. The only visible clue to its existence is today town signboard. The castle had defended an important crossing of the River Trent to the north. It is probable that an easily defensible site such as this will have had its origins as an Iron Age promontory fort. The documentary record begins with the construction of the castle in the mid-12th century by the Lords of Halton in Cheshire. It was later destroyed by order of King John in 1215 As an act of vengeance against John de Lacy for his inclusion as one of the 25 Barons who forced King John to agree the Magna Carta. . Re-building took place in the later 13th century, and by 1310 the castle was held by Henry Lacy, Earl of Lincoln. The castle passed to the Earls of Lancaster and was held for Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses. In 1461.
Denbigh Castle North Wales. Built by Henry de Lacy Earl of Lincoln
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