UK Genealogy Archives logo

Mulgrave Castle, North Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Mulgrave Castle, the seat of the Marquis of Normanby in Hutton Mulgrave township, Lythe parish, N.R. Yorkshire, near the coast, 4 miles W of Whitby. It takes its name from an ancient neighbouring stronghold, is a handsome edifice in the castellated style, stands on an elevated site in a beautiful park combining the attractions of wooded scenery with those of a near view of the sea, and gives the title of Earl to the Marquis of Normanby. The ancient stronghold is said to have been built by the Saxon Wada or Wade about 200 years before the Norman Conquest; passed, through the Fossards and others, to Peter de Mauley in the time of King John; was rebuilt by De Mauley, and called by him Mont Grace, but miscalled by his enemies Mont Grave; went successively to the Bigods, the Radcliffes, the Sheffields, and the Phippses; was dismantled in the time of Charles I. by order of the Parliament; and is now a picturesque ruin, comprising chiefly a central square keep, with towers at the corners, two circular towers on the flanks of the entrance, and a square tower at the SE angle of the outer wall.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the North Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Mulgrave Castle are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following North Riding newspapers online:

CountyNorth Yorkshire