Scarborough Castle Bombardment

Front Gate at Scarborough Castle

Front Gate at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle Bombardment

During the First World War, the town of Scarborough was used for British propaganda purposes after the bombardment of the town by two warships of the German Empire, SMS Derfflinger and SMS Von der Tann, on 16 December 1914.  The raid killed 19 people and damaged the castle’s keep, barracks and curtain walls.  The castle was severely damaged by the hail of 500 shells directed at it and the town.  The barracks were demolished due to the extensive damage wrought by the bombardment.

In the Second World War, the castle served as a secret listening post.