Conisborough Castle

August 1922

Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 12 August 1922

Conisborough Castle

Conisborough Castle, viewed from the railway, is a very conspicuous building, and it is usually the subject of remarks to passing travellers.

The other day I overheard a gentleman in the train explaining to his inquiring offspring how the old castle came to be a ruin. The old, old fable of Oliver Cromwell’s army blowing off the roof by means of canon placed on Cadeby Hill was told.

I wonder who started that story; it has been told for generations I believe, and is still accepted by many people Conisborough Castle had ceased to be inhabited long before Cromwell’s time in all probability. There was no resistance offered by Conisborough to the Parliamentary armies, and no violence was done to the building as a consequence of this war.

Anyone who wishes to see how Parliament dealt with Castles which offered resistance need only visit Tickhill Castle Keep.