….Yes, for a dreadful moment I thought they were going to bulldoze Middleham Castle! Oh, horrors. But no, it’a a plan for bulldozing Manor Farm, the proximity of which to the castle is clear in the above photograph.
If you go to this link you’ll see that “….Racehorse owners John and Jess Dance said their proposal to redevelop 289-acre Manor House Farm in Middleham, would see the farmhouse, agricultural buildings and stables demolished replaced with buildings for racehorse training, hospitality and housing for some of the yard’s 35 new employees….”
Oh shudders. At the moment the farm buildings blend with the castle, but I hate to imagine what the proposed replacement might entail. I have very little faith in modern architecture, agreeing with the Prince of Wales about designs that resemble a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.
Middleham Castle is indeed a much-loved and elegant friend! Still, fingers crossed that good taste prevails.