Waterfall Bridge and Monument, Wilton Castle

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Despite a visit to the library I can find out nothing about this monument at the edge of the wood overlooking Wilton Castle, no plaque or inscriptions seems to be present.

Monument, Wilton Castle

Close by in heavy undergrowth is the remaining parapet of Waterfall Bridge, this looks like it was a feature of the formal gardens of the Wilton Castle and i’ve read it was still useable with care in the 1950s. A waterfall exists further up the gill, although obscured by trees now.

Waterfall Bridge, Wilton Woods Waterfall Bridge, Wilton Woods Waterfall Bridge, Wilton Woods

If anyone knows anything more about these two places, or knows of a photo of the bridge intact I would love to hear from you.

Wilton Castle is just below the location, in the shadow of the chemical works.

Wilton Castle Wilton Castle

Update 6/5/2011

Craig Hornby, director of “A Century In Stone” sent me the following info :-

I was told by Doug Kneeshaw a mine horse driver about 20 years ago that the bridge was wooden and very rickety! And the monument was to old man Lowther’s favourite donkey!!! (The Wilton castle being the family home of the Lowther family until ICI bought in the 1940s). There is a large gravestone to one of them in Wilton cemetary and it says Secretary of State for Ireland or something …how’s that! Doug Kneeshaw 1920-2000 and featured in ACIS. filmed 1989 with big hoss at California Stables where he lived back in the day as his dad was mine hosskeeper.

Kilton Castle

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This is my first third party contribution courtesy of barender and redpete from redcar.net so many thanks to them for the photos and information. Click on the small thumbnails for bigger photos although not from the usual Flickr.

First things first, this site is on private property belonging to Skelton Estates and they had permission to visit it. If you intend to visit, make sure you get permission too.

The remains visible are of a castle built between 1190 and 1200 by the Kilton family on a long promentary overlooking Kilton Beck. By the mid 1300s it had fallen out of use and was totally abandoned by the 16th century. The area covers approximately 100m x 30m and has been heavily robbed out over the years.
The eastern tower contains a crossbow window, and a huge crack that will eventually lead to its demise.
Kilton 1 Kilton 2

Here are some shots of the same area internally.
Kilton 10Kilton 7

A stretch of the northern wall still remains.

Kilton 3 Kilton 6Kilton 5

Some doorways are still visible in the heavy undergrowth now covering the internally structure, one has been highlighted for us here.

Kilton 9a

Also the remains of a well are visible inside.

Kilton 13

Tees Archaeology has a huge amount of detail on the castle.