Richmond Castle , North Yorkshire from the air
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aerial photograph of Richmond Castle Richmond, North Yorkshire England UK. Richmond Castle was built in 1071 shortly after the Norman Conquest and immediatly after "the Harrying of the North" when native Brtains were ethnically cleansed from much of Yorkshire . The castle was altered and improved throughout the medieval period but was derelict by the 16th century. The castle keep , which was built in the 12th century, is one of the best preserved in England. The castle is a scheduled ancient monument and cared for by English Heritage.