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Iron Age tools from around 500 BC have been found on the rocky headland where Scarborough Castle now stands, demonstrating Scarborough's antiquity. The Iron Age settlement on Castle Cliff was followed in 370 AD by a Roman signal station, one of a number along the Yorkshire coast. The signal station consisted of a square tower set within square courtyard, but it is difficult to separate the Roman remains from later medieval chapels within the castle. Roman signal stations on the east coast were designed to protect the coast from the ravages of Anglo-Saxon pirates from southern Jutland and Frisia but around 500 AD the Romans had vacated the country and the Anglo-Saxons established a settlement at Scarborough. Over four-hundred years later they were succeeded by the Vikings.

Scarborough Castle was built around 1130 by William Le Gros, Earl of Albermarle in the reign of King Henry I. Le Gros defeated the Scots at The Battle of the Standard near Northallerton in 1138. The castle was captured by Henry II who rebuilt the keep between 1158 and 1168 and the castle became a Royal castle. Further improvements to the castle were carried out by King John, Henry III and Edward I. Around 1312 Scarborough Castle was given to Edward II's favourite Piers Gaveston. The unpopular Gaveston was besieged in the castle by the barons, captured and carried to Oxford for execution.

It was not Scarborough Castle's last siege. In 1536 the castle was held by Sir Ralph Evers who held the castle for the king and withstood the siege of Robert Aske during the Pilgrimage of Grace. In 1653, during the reign of Queen Mary, the castle was taken by Thomas Stafford but he was later captured by the Earl of Westmorland and beheaded on Tower Hill.

During the Civil War in 1644, Scarborough castle's commander Sir Hugh Cholmey switched his allegiance from the Parliamentarians to the Royalists and had to withstand a siege by Parliamentarians who eventually captured the castle in 1645. A colonel Boynton was put in charge of the castle but like Hugh Cholmley he switched sides - this time from Parliamentarian to Royalist, but he was eventually defeated in yet another siege in 1648. The last siege of all was the shelling of the castle by German bombers during the Second World War.

Scarborough's development as a holiday resort began in 1620 when spa water was discovered by Elizabeth Farrow, who claimed that the water had beneficial qualities. She was perhaps influenced by the success of the spa at Harrogate. The Gentry flocked to Scarborough to sample the qualities of the water's qualities and Scarborough's development as a resort began, given an extra boost by the development of the railways in the 1850s and culminating in the growth of the busy coastal town with all its amusements and fun fairs that still exist today.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Grand Hotel Scarborough

Raven Hall Hotel

Grand Hotel Scarborough 3/4 night stay

Hackness Grange

The Hotel St Nicholas

Clifton Hotel

Wrea Head Hotel

Royal Hotel

Southlands Hotel

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