|County||North Yorkshire (11 castles)||Categories||Stone / Norman Square Keep / Cliff-top|
|Remains||Small amount survives||Access||Only open at certain times|
|Comments||A section of the main keep remains along with parts of the curtain wall.|
|Location||54.28769,-0.391571||Directions||Directions via Google Maps|
William le Gros built a castle on the headland at Scarborough.
As part of his attempt to subdue the Barons who had become too powerful during the civil war, Henry took the castle at Scarborough from William of Aumale and Bridgnorth from Hugh Mortimer.
Gaveston's return to England forced the Archbishop of Canterbury to honour his threat of excommunication and the Earls to prepare for civil war against the king. Edward and Gaveston travelled to Scotland to seek help from Robert the Bruce but were not welcome.
While the Earl of Lancaster set up camp midway between York and Scarborough to prevent Gaveston and the King rejoining, the Earls of Pembroke and Surrey besieged Scarborough castle. The castle was not prepared to withstand the stand-off and Gaveston surrendered after a couple of weeks. The terms of his surrender were generous and Pembroke gave his word that Gaveston would not be harmed until he was presented to Parliament.
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