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Castle History

Hazlewood Castle has been in the family estate of the Vavasours since Norman times and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086

We have a 1000 years of real history within these ancient walls and far too much to feature everything on this page, so we have a short video to watch and we also recommend a guided history tour so you don't miss a thing of the intriguing history of this magnificent Castle.


William Vavasour

Learn how Sir William Vavasour in 1290 petitioned Edward I to Crenellate his manor at Hazlewood, transforming the house into a castle.

How the chapel was declared extra-parochial by the Archbishop of York, in gratitude for access to free stone for the building of York Minster, and much more!

guided tour Discover Hazlewood Castle

Hazlewood Castle has a long and varied history, during its life the Castle has homed many walks of life and been host to many exciting events.

During a visit to the Castle a guided history tour is a must to immerse yourself in its rich heritage.

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