Scarborough Castle Henry II

Scarborough Castle Paths

Scarborough Castle Paths

Scarborough Castle Henry II

From about 1157, Henry II rebuilt Scarborough Castle using stone.  Much of the building work occurred between 1159 and 1169, when the three-storey keep was built and a stone wall replaced the wooden palisade protecting the inner bailey. 

By the end of Henry’s reign in 1189, a total of £682, 15 shillings and threepence had been spent on the castle, of which £532 was spent between 1157 and 1164.  Henry’s average annual income during his reign was about £10,000.

Road up the the Castle entrance

Road up the the Castle entrance

The castle became a strategic northern stronghold for The Crown.  Henry II granted Scarborough, that had grown up beneath the fortress, the title of Royal Borough.