Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s 5th wife was beheaded in 1542 because she had an affair with Thomas Culpepper in this castle.
The castle, the second strongest in England, after the Tower of London, and considered impregnable, because it is built on rock at the top of a hill, was actually captured during the civil war by the roundheads. The roundheads had learned that officers of the castle garrison were trying to buy beds. So some of the roundheads got access to the castle by pretending to be bed merchants, and the castle was taken.
After that the castle was demolished, encouraged by the locals who were fed up with being the target of many armies.
Pontefract is mainly infamous because Richard 2 was murdered here. A red hot poker allegedly.
Then, after this cheery history lesson, I drove on through the beautiful country of the Derbyshire Dales. Winding roads. Deep rocky gorges. Open fields with stone fences. To my destination of The Anson Machinery Museum. This is a smallish museum, recommended by a Melbourne colleague (thanks Ian, if you are reading this), but containing some absolute machinery gems. Many photos, but I will show just a few.
There were many more engines, including a huge atmospheric engine, a very large compound twin horizontal mill engine, which was difficult to adequately photograph, many oilers, diesels, a steam driven workshop, a steam driven hammer. A really interesting smaller museum in a beautiful country location.