TRANSFERRING my Sandal Castle booklet to a new format gives me the chance to redraw
the trail map in colour. I’m sticking to black and white for the drawings but, thanks
to the slightly larger size, the map now fits on the back cover.
Ambling around the castle, I always wish that I could go back in time. It’s the humbler,
domestic buildings that I’d like to explore. I would have liked to have tagged along
with the inspectors in 1322 when a spot check of the castle’s contents recorded that
the larder contained carcases of beef, sides of bacon, measures of salt and casks
of herring (an estimated 3,018 herrings in total!).
And I’d have liked to have returned to see the castle in decline in 1566, when inspectors
noted that timber was needed for repair work.
Somewhere in the castle, perhaps in the half-timbered Steward’s Lodgings near the
gatehouse there must have been an archive of documents and accounts. They would have
made fascinating reading.