These ruins are rather splendid ones.
The Normans were descended from Vikings who settled in what is now Northern France. When the Normans invaded England and won, the land was shared out between them .
Conisbrough Castle is in South Yorkshire. There was an earlier Saxon fortification on the site but the Norman castle was built in the 11th century by William de Warenne, a major landowner and favourite of William the conqueror. The Norman de Warrennes were given vast tracts of land in England as a thank you for their loyalty and the name continues in London with the place name Warren St. Hamelin Plantagenet and his son William rebuilt the castle in stone and it stayed in the family before returning to the Crown in 1461 around the time The House of York regained the throne. .
The ruins were bought by the Duke of Leeds in 1737. Sir Walter Scott used the castle as an inspiration for his 1819 novel Ivanhoe.
They are now owned by English Heritage.
These lovely photos were taken by my husband.