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Stewart Ainsworth from Channel 4’s Time Team called Whitley Castle ‘the best preserved fort in the Roman Empire’ and it’s hard to disagree.

Also known as Epiacum (the first town in northern England occupied by the Celtic, pre-Roman Brigantes tribe and probably named for a local chief), Whitley Castle in the North Pennines is not only the highest stone-built Roman fort in Britain, it also has the most complex and elaborate defensive earthworks of any known fort in the entire Roman Empire, with multiple banks and ditches outside the usual stone ramparts.

History of Whitley Castle

Preceded by an Iron Age fort, Whitley Castle was built in the 2nd century (around the same time as Hadrian’s Wall, 15 miles to its north). It was demolished and rebuilt soon after – thought to coincide with an uprising of the northern tribes in 196.

It is a relatively typical Roman fort in terms of layout. There are straight roads, a headquarters building, barracks, a bath house and a temple and one of the many inscriptions reads ‘DEO HERCVLI C VITELLIVS ATTICIANVS > LEG VI V P F’ or ‘To the God Hercules, Gaius Vitellius Atticianus, Centurion of the Legio VI Victrix, Loyal and Faithful.’

It was garrisoned until about 400 AD and while the Romans used Epiacum ostensibly as a base from where to control the area and support Hadrian’s Wall, it also seems they used it to take control of the profitable local lead mining industry.

The uniquely lozenge-shaped fort (8 acres) was built to fit the knoll on which it was constructed. Its remains lie under the grass, and are most clearly seen in aerial photographs. Outside the Roman fort itself is a system of concentric defensive ditches.

There were small site digs in the early 19th century, then again in the 1930s and 1950s, but it wasn’t until 2012 that funding was secured to raise awareness of the site.

Whitley Castle is one of the most isolated Roman sites in Britain, which may help to explain both why it remains largely unexcavated and why so much of it has survived.

Whitley Castle today

Today, Whitley Castle is on private land on the 1,000 acre Castle Nook and Whitlow farm, and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, meaning no digging can be done (frustratingly for archaeologists) and nothing can be taken from the site, so when you visit ‘the best preserved fort in the Roman Empire’, don’t take anything!

The current landowners recognise their role as custodians, hence their instigation of Epiacum Heritage Ltd who have developed the fort’s website, guided tours, archaeology survey days for volunteers and educational events for schools.

Getting to Whitley Castle

Whitley Castle is situated north-west of the town of Alston in Cumbria, and is easily reached walking from a car park on the A689 (Alston to Brampton road). The Pennine Way passes the side of the site, and you can also walk up from the Kirkhaugh station on South Tynedale Railway and the South Tyne Trail. It is open all year round.


Whitley Hall’s Famous History

W hitley Hall is an ivy-clad 16 th century mansion located amongst 20 acres of stunning gardens and woodland. Whitley Hall was the successor to an earlier house located on or near the same site and was formerly known as Launder House. The first known recording of the existence of this earlier house was in 1406 when John Cartwright surrendered his right to the property to William Robinson and his heirs.

Around 1530 the property was inherited by Thomas Parker and it is believed that it was Thomas who began the extensive re building of Launder House transforming it from a mere house into the Hall we see today. After Thomas passed his son William acquired Whitley Hall, not Launder House, and seems to have completed the re building. Carved into the stone lintel of one of the new doorways were the words ‘Willm Parker: made this worke 1584’.

It has also been reported that Mary Queen of Scots spent a night at Whitley Hall in the 1570’s or 1580’s during her period of captivity at Sheffield’s Manor castle. Although there is no written evidence to support this it does add a certain romance to the hall and helps to place it in its period.

On the 9 th April 1622 Whitley Hall passed from the Parker family to the Shirecliffe family, the new owner being named as Thomas Shirecliffe. During the time Whitley Hall was in the possession of the Shirecliffe family it was leased to John Rider and the hall was used as a boy’s boarding school. Although the exact dates aren’t known it was believed to have been leased sometime after the death of John Shirecliffe in 1789 and the school was still in operation in 1833.

In 1816 Whitley Hall was bought by William Bingley and seems to have been bought as a family investment and not for immediate occupation. Indeed there is no recorded census of the Bingleys occupying the Hall until between 1850 and 1930. During this time the living quarters were much altered and extended. A new fireplace was built in the morning room, the current lounge area and we imagine this is where the current occupants Henry and Maria Bingley spent a lot of their time. Indeed scratched on one of the window panes in here are their signatures along with the date 1889.

In addition to this a lodge was built at the top of Whitley Hall’s current drive in which the occupant lived rent free in return for opening and closing the gates!

The Hall remained in the Bingley family until the death of Maria Bingley in 1939 and was then left empty after the outbreak of the Second World War. During this time the hall was taken over by the military and was occupied by the officers and their servants whilst the other ranks lived in the stable block.

In 1962 the hall was bought by John I Fearn head of a firm of agricultural engineers based in Chapeltown after being persuaded to do so by his son Trevor. There were initially no clear plans for the hall but after 7 years of renovation work the idea took shape as opening it as a restaurant and wedding venue. The restaurant opened in July 1969 and became a hotel in the late 1970’s with only three lettable bedrooms at the time. Following a legislation change Whitley Hall became the first venue in South Yorkshire to receive a license to hold civil wedding ceremonies and many couples continue to hold both their wedding ceremony and reception against this romantic and historic backdrop.

In 2004 the thriving hotel and restaurant passed from the Fearn family to the current owner David Broadbent. During his time here David Broadbent has extended the hotel to include another twelve bedrooms in the more recently opened contemporary Parker Suite. The hotel continues to provide a luxurious backdrop catering for every occasion and is a delightful retreat from the stresses of everyday life.

Whitley Hall and its predecessor Launder House have stood on the present site for nearly 600 years. They survived through adjusting to change from industrial use, to residential use, to boarding school, to country house once again and now to a hotel and restaurant. In the rapidly changing world of the twenty first century, the modern Whitley Hall continues to represent adaptability to altered circumstances while retaining the best features of the past. Long may it continue!

This information was taken from Whitley Hall – An Illustrated History which was first published by Green Tree Publications in 2002 which was researched, written and illustrated by Joan and Mel Jones.


Historie [ editovat | editovat zdroj ]

Na tom místě pravděpodobně stávala pevnost z doby železné, poté tam Římané vybudovali tábor a teprve po něm (v 2. století) pevnost. Δ] Α] Tu po přinejmenším částečné demolici kolem roku𧇈 přestavěli její zničení spadá do doby povstání severních kmenů v roce𧇄. Ε] Další úpravy proběhly okolo roku 300.

Rysy typické [ editovat | editovat zdroj ]

Zatímco římské pevnosti obvykle mají „tvar hrací karty“ (obdélník se zaoblenými rohy), Whitley Castle dostal kvůli tamějšímu terénu tvar kosočtverce. Zabírá plochu přesahující jeden hektar. Α]

Epiacum je v některých ohledech typickou římskou pevností: uvnitř jsou přímo vedené silnice, které se kříží, budova velitelství (Praetorium), dům velitele, několik kasárenských bloků pro kohortu vojáků pomocných oddílů a sýpky pro skladování potravin. Také jako obvykle jsou mimo samotnou pevnost lázně a chrám (který pomocné oddíly zasvětily císaři Caracallovi). Α] Je tam dále oltář boha Mithry a Herkula. Δ] Zarovnaná plocha v blízkosti pevnosti pravděpodobně sloužila jako cvičiště. Hradby byly původně ze dřeva, později z kamene. Na každé straně byl strážní domek se dvěma věžemi a další věže stály v rozích. Na severovýchodní straně a jihozápadní byly další dvě věže. Α]

Rysy jedinečné [ editovat | editovat zdroj ]

Epiacum má však dva jedinečné rysy. Za prvé, vojenští inženýři upravili obvyklý obdélníkový plán pevností tak, aby vyhovoval zdejším podmínkám: je zdeformován do kosočtverce nebo rovnoběžníka stavby uvnitř jsou tomu přizpůsobené. Za budovu velitelství bylo natěsnáno šest kasárenských bloků a čtyři před ni, vše na omezené ploše 1,25 ha. Β]

Za druhé, kamenná hradba je navíc obklopena čtyřmi strmými náspy příkopy a na ostrohu a na svažité straně je takových valů hned sedm. Δ] Pevnost má nejsložitější systém obranných ze všech ostatních pevností známých v Římské říši. Důvodem patrně byla hůř zabezpečená poloha pod hřebenem kopce. Vše nasvědčuje silnému ohrožení pevnosti ze západní strany.


Pokémon

Due to being a former member of Team Plasma, Whitley refuses to keep her Pokémon in Poké Balls, though has done so in certain circumstances.

On hand

Foongy (Japanese: ダケちゃん Dake-chan) is Whitley's first known Pokémon. He was originally a Pokémon liberated from humans by N and was secretly given a nickname despite Rood advising against it. After Team Plasma's defeat, Anthea and Concordia allowed Whitley to keep Foongy. He has a Naive nature and his Characteristic is "impetuous and silly".


THE BIRTH OF A LEGEND

While staying in Whitby, Stoker would have heard of the shipwreck five years earlier of a Russian vessel called the Dmitry, from Narva. This ran aground on Tate Hill Sands below East Cliff, carrying a cargo of silver sand. With a slightly rearranged name, this became the Demeter from Varna that carries Dracula to Whitby with a cargo of silver sand and boxes of earth.

So, although Stoker was to spend six more years on his novel before it was published, researching the landscapes and customs of Transylvania, the name of his villain and some of the novel&rsquos most dramatic scenes were inspired by his holiday in Whitby. The innocent tourists, the picturesque harbour, the abbey ruins, the windswept churchyard and the salty tales he heard from Whitby seafarers all became ingredients in the novel.

In 1897 Dracula was published. It had an unpromising start as a play called The Undead, in which Stoker hoped Henry Irving would take the lead role. But after a test performance, Irving said he never wanted to see it again. For the character of Dracula, Stoker retained Irving&rsquos aristocratic bearing and histrionic acting style, but he redrafted the play as a novel told in the form of letters, diaries, newspaper cuttings and entries in the ship&rsquos log of the Demeter.

The log charts the gradual disappearance of the entire crew during the journey to Whitby, until only the captain is left, tied to the wheel, as the ship runs aground below East Cliff on 8 August &ndash the date that marked Stoker&rsquos discovery of the name &lsquoDracula&rsquo in Whitby library. A &lsquolarge dog&rsquo bounds from the wreck and runs up the 199 steps to the church, and from this moment, things begin to go horribly wrong. Dracula has arrived &hellip


Priory and Castle

In 1095 Earl Robert Mowbray became involved in a plot against King William Rufus and the king sent north troops to quash the rebellion.

Mowbray’s castles at Newcastle, Morpeth and Bamburgh were besieged and the earl was captured. For a time Mowbray was imprisoned at Windsor but his life was spared and it is thought that he ultimately became a monk at St. Albans.

Tynemouth Priory generated much wealth for its owners in the far away Hertfordshire monastery of St. Albans and it was considered their most valuable possession. Money came from pilgrims and significantly from the extensive managed farm lands that Tynemouth Priory owned. The lands included estates given by the Earl of Northumberland.

At one time or another Tynemouth Priory lands included neighbouring North Shields, Preston, Whitley (Whitley Bay), Monkseaton, Earsdon, Hauxley, Woodhorn, Amble and Monkseaton. Slightly further afield were lands in Benwell, Woolsington, Wylam, Elswick and Coquet Island. Tithes were received from Northumbrian lands as far away as Wooler, Warkworth, Corbridge, Newburn and Rothbury.

The monastery was a rival to the powerful Priory of Durham Cathedral which still hoped to reclaim Tynemouth, citing the charter of Earl Waltheof. Durham finally relinquished its claim in 1174 though Tynemouth remained within the diocese of the Bishop of Durham.

There were other conflicts for the Tynemouth priors. Tensions relating to Tynemouth’s autonomy often arose between Tynemouth and the abbot of St. Albans. One abbot of St. Albans called Simon came to visit and outstayed his welcome after virtually consuming the monks’ entire provisions. It is said that with little else left, the monks offered him a meal of a live oxen that was still harnessed to a plough. Simon acknowledged the hint and left.

Another problem for Tynemouth was that anti-social, misbehaving or disliked monks from St Albans were often transferred to Tynemouth. In such a situation there were naturally attempts by Tynemouth’s priors to assert their independence. Conflict arose when one Tynemouth Prior attempted to go his own way with complete disregard for St Albans. The St Albans abbot headed north, secretly colluding with a Newcastle merchant for assistance – the merchant had been promised land. The abbot tricked the priory gatekeeper into gaining entry to Tynemouth, and Tynemouth’s sleeping prior was seized and arrested along with several monks. A new prior was installed.

Being a centre of wealth at the mouth of the Tyne with the potential to develop river trade and port facilities brought inevitable conflicts with the corporation of Newcastle over rights to the River Tyne, particularly with regard to the establishment of a port at North Shields by the Tynemouth monks and much of the early history of North Shields is dominated by this conflict.

Tynemouth Castle Gatehouse. Photo © David Simpson 2015


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About Thomas Beaumont, Esq., of Whitley

  • Thomas Beaumont1
  • M, #12841, b. circa 1431
  • Father Richard Beaumont b. c 1396, d. 4 Dec 1471
  • Mother鳬ilia Mirfield b. bt 1400 - 1406
  • Thomas Beaumont Manor acquired by Richard de Beaumont in 1323. He was born circa 1431 at of Whitley-Beaumont, Yorkshire, England. He married Elizabeth Nevill, daughter of Robert de Nevill and Agnes Scargill, on 8 August 1456 at of Liversedge Birstall, England There were 5 sons & 3 daughters. His estate was probated on 5 September 1495.
  • Family Elizabeth Nevill b. c 1435
  • Children
    • (Mr.) Beaumont+
    • Elizabeth Beaumont+ b. c 1457
    • Robert Beaumont b. c 1458, d. b 18 Aug 1495
    • Richard Beaumont+ b. c 1460, d. 10 Dec 1532
    • Edward Beaumont b. c 1462, d. a 25 Jun 1495
    • William Beaumont b. c 1464, d. a 6 Jun 1513
    • John Beaumont b. c 1466, d. a 1479
    • Anne Beaumont+ b. c 1468
    • Alice Beaumont b. c 1470, d. 8 Dec 1552
    • Thomas Beaumont
    • Birth: unknown
    • Death: 򑒕
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    • Parents:
    • Richard Beaumont (____ - 1471)
    • Children:
      • Richard Beaumont (____ - 1540)*

      • Name Thomas Beaumont, Esquire [1]
      • Died• Sep 1495
      • Father Richard Beaumont, b. of, Whitley, Yorkshire, England d. 4 Dec 1471
      • Mother鳬ilia Merfield
      • Family Elizabeth Neville, b. Abt 1436, Liversedge, Yorkshire, England d. Aft 1495 (Age

        ‘. Richard Beaumont, b. Abt 1460, d. 10 Dec 1532 (Age

      • Elizabeth NEVILLE
      • Born: ABT 1432, Liversedge, Yorkshire, England
      • Died: AFT 1495
      • Father: Robert NEVILLE of Liversedge (Esq.)
      • Mother: Agnes SCARGILL
      • Married: Thomas BEAUMONT (Esq.) (b. ABT 1431 - d. 5 Sep 1495) (son of Richard Beaumont and Cecilia Merfield) 8 Aug 1456
      • Children:
        • 1. Elizabeth BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1457) (m. Thomas Gardiner)
        • 2. Robert BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1458 - d. BEF 18 Aug 1495) (m. Isabella Woodruff)
        • 3. Richard BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1460 - d. 21 Dec 1532) (m.1 Johanna Sandford - m.2 Hannah Adams - m.3 Elizabeth Harrington)
        • 4. Edward BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1462)
        • 5. William BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1464)
        • 6. John BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1466)
        • 7. Anne BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1468) (m. Robert Lovell)
        • 8. Alice BEAUMONT (b. ABT 1470) (m. Thomas Savile)
        • Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Volume 1
        • Pg.75
        • HENRY BEAUMONT, of Whitley Beaumont, who had livery of his lands in the 6th HENRY IV., and was s. at his decease by his son.
        • RICHARD BEAUMONT, of Whitley Beaumont, who m. Cecilia Mirfield, and had issue, three sons and three daus., the eldest dau., Johanna, m. Thomas Medley, of Thornhill, and the youngest dau., Alice, m. Robert Gargrave, of Gargrave, co. York. He d. in 1472, and was s. by his eldest son,
        • Pg.76
        • THOMAS BEAUMONT, Esq. of Whitley Beaumont, who m. in 1456, Elizabeth, dau. of Robert Nevile, Esq. of Leversage, and dying in 1495, was s. by his eldest son,
        • ROBERT BEAUMONT, Esq. of Whitley Beaumont, who dying s.p. 10 HENRY VII., was s. by his brother,
        • RICHARD BEAUMONT, Esq. of Whitley Beaumont, who paid the fine of five pounds to be released from being made a Knight of the Bath, anno 21st HENRY VII., and pleaded the same at the creation of the Prince of Wales, 7th HENRY VIII. He had a crest granted to his ancient coat armour, by patent, 10 May, 1513. He m. 1st, (marriage covenants dated 10 Jan., 4th HENRY VII.) Johanna, dau. of John Sandford, of Thorp Salvin, co. York, and had, with two daus., (Elizabeth, wife of John Wood, Esq. of Longley and Cecilia, of Richard Lockwood, Esq. of Collersely, co. York,) an only son,
          • ROGER, . etc.
          • The Genealogist, Volume 18 edited by Walford Dakin Selby
          • DUGDALE'S VISITATION OF YORKSHIRE
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            • žllen, mar. Thos. Lacy, of Crommellbothom.
            • žlizabeth, mar. Richard Beaumont, of Whitley, mar. cov. 1456.
            • Sir John (VI).
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            • šlice, (?) mar. John Sothill, of Sothill her will 23 July, pr. 21 Aug. 1509 (Test. Ebor., iv, 6).
            • Jane, mar. Richard Bosvile, of Gunthwaite.
            • Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with Additions, Parts 5-7 By Sir William Dugdale
            • Pg.154
              • Nevill of Chevet.
              • žllen, mar. Thos. Lacy, of Crommellbothom.
              • žlizabeth, mar. Richard Beaumont, of Whitley, mar. cov. 1456.
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              • šlice, (?) mar. John Sothill, of Sothill her will 23 July, pr. 21 Aug. 1509 (Test. Ebor., iv, 6).
              • Jane, mar. Richard Bosvile, of Gunthwaite.
              • Pedigrees of the county families of Yorkshire by Foster, Joseph
                • Pedigree of Nevile, of Chevet.
                • ELLEN NEVILE, married to Thomas Lacy, of Cromwellbotham.
                • ELIZABETH NEVILE, married to Richard Beaumont, of Whitley, marriage covenants 38 Hen. 6.
                • SIR JOHN NEVILE, of Liversedge, high sheriff co. York in 1488 and 1492, licence for an oratory granted 17 April, 1472, died 1502 = MAUD, daughter and heiress of Sir William Ryther, of Ryther, by Isabella Gascoigne, living 20 December, 1501, died 1505/6. ch: . etc.
                • 2. EDWARD NEVILE.
                • ALICE NEVILE, married to John Sothill, of Sothill Hall.
                • BEATRICE NEVILE, married to . Bannester.
                • JANE NEVILE, married to Alveray Burdet, of Denby.
                • ROSAMOND NEVILE, died unmarried.
                • BEATRICE NEVILE, died unmarried.
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                • (1) Sir Robert Nevile of Liversedge or Liversage
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                  • (A) Elsabeth (or Katherine) Nevile
                  • m. (1456) Thomas (not Richard) Beaumont of Whytley (d1495)
                  • (B) daughter
                  • m. _ Lacy
                  • (C) Sir John Nevile of Liversedge or Liversage, Sheriff of Yorkshire (d 1502)
                  • m. Maud Ryther (dau of Sir William Ryther of Ryther)
                    • (i) . etc.

                    Born: Abt 1431, Whitely Beaumont,Yorkshire,England

                    Married: 8 Aug 1456, liversedge,Birstall,Yorkshire,England

                    Thomas married Elizabeth Neville, daughter of Sir Robert Neville and Agnes Scargill, on 8 Aug 1456 in liversedge,Birstall,Yorkshire,England. (Elizabeth Neville was born about 1432 in liversedge,Birstall,Yorkshire,England and died after 1495.)

                    Whitley Beaumont was an estate in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Huddersfield. Whitley Hall (now demolished) was the seat of the Beaumont family. A part of the former estate is now in use as a Scout camp-site.

                    History[edit] In around 1200 the lord of Pontefract castle, Roger de Laci presented William Bellomonte, ancestor of the Beaumonts of Whitley, 24 bovates of land in Huddersfield, half meadow and half wood and four marks rent on the mill in the same place. Although there were probably houses built on the site in the interim, the first documented Hall was built by Sir Richard Beaumont in the early 17th century. The house was then rebuilt in the 18th century in an imposing Georgian style using local millstone grit. The gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown. By the early part of the 20th century the house stood empty and the fittings were sold in 1917. The estate was then bought in 1924 by Charles Sutcliffe an industrialist. Unfortunately this was not enough to save the house and estate and it continued to deteriorate until it was sold in 1950 and split up, the major part to an opencast mining company and the house was demolished.


                    In 1299 in order to improve his fraught relationship with France, Edward married the French princess Margaret, sister of Philip IV. He granted Leeds Castle to his new wife, beginning the tradition of the Castle forming part of the &lsquodower&rsquo or personal property of the Queen, to be retained even after the King&rsquos death.

                    After his mother&rsquos death, Edward II did not immediately grant the Castle to his Queen, instead he granted it to a nobleman named Badlesmere, who sealed his unfortunate fate by refusing Queen Isabella access when she requested it. Edward laid siege and captured the Castle and had Badlesmere beheaded.


                    What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle

                    If you’ve ever driven around the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.

                    Built in 1897 with the title of “workhouse castle,” it held mostly petty offenders, vagrants and debtors. As a part of their sentence these inmates were required to work. Female prisoners sewed prison uniforms and the men labored for the city’s Public Works Department.

                    Designed by Kansas City architects A. Wallace Love and James Oliver Hog, the Romanesque revival style was in vogue at the time, inspiring this peculiar castle design for the project. The prisoners quarried the limestone used to construct the building on site. However, they did not assist in the actual construction of the jail for obvious reasons.

                    After the jail closed in 1924 it was repurposed a dozen times over the past 100 years. Uses included everything from a city storage facility, a Marine training camp and a dog euthanization center.

                    Ultimately, the building was abandoned in 1972. Today the castle is a shell of it’s former self. The roof has long collapsed gutting the building of its four floors. Over the ensuing 42 years the site sat vacant, collecting weeds and garbage. That is, until Daniel Edwards and his then fiancée, Ebony Burnside chose the castle as the site for their summer wedding. Having grown up in the area Edwards was familiar with the castle, for him this was a chance to give back to the local neighborhood.

                    “We had a vision and an idea of something that we wanted to do,” says Edwards. “The main purpose of this was to help with alleviating blight of abandoned buildings in the neighborhood.”

                    Edwards contacted the Kansas City Business Center For Development, the current owners of the castle, and offered to clean up the space in exchange for holding his ceremony there. With a grant from the Community Capital Fund of $12,000 Edwards put a call out for help from the community — 350 volunteers, six weeks and tons of garbage later, he had a clean space.

                    On June 8 of this year, Edwards and Burnside were married inside the castle walls in the presence of some 200 guests. The couple is ready to start their lives together, but this project has gone beyond their initial plans and developed into a serious long-term commitment.

                    “People’s ideas are what is required to finish building this space out,” says Edwards. “We’re doing a call to action for everybody’s ideas to figure out how we can make a space that everybody can use.”

                    An architectural engineer by trade, Edwards is just the guy for the job. With full permission to renovate the castle, he has plans to make it into a community space and a headquarters for his non-profit 2orMore. So far he’s mapped out designs (as seen below) for an event space, a stage for live performances and even an Internet café.

                    Edwards envisions this space becoming a recourse that will pull the local community together — help rejuvenate the 18th and Vine neighborhood and provide a space for young adults to develop powerful ideas and collaborate around new projects.

                    “I think our generation is ready for something that’s going to build us up and bring us together,” he says. “And I think this is like the catalyst for that.”

                    Of course before any major remodeling takes place, Edwards is looking for the monetary means to install basic infrastructure i.e. a transformer for electricity, plumbing for sewage and water and an evaluation of the castle’s structural integrity. The estimated cost is around $30,000, which is why Edwards plans to launch a crowd-funding campaign in October.

                    For now he’s preparing to host a series of events that will take place at the castle throughout the remainder of the summer. Plans include concerts, a graffiti exhibit as well as making it available for music video and film shoots. All in all he expects to draw a couple thousand to the castle, which will be great exposure.

                    For Edwards, drawing in the local community is important. He wants everyone to know that they have a say in how this space is repurposed.

                    “We’re here,” says Edwards. “We planed here we’ll build here, invest our money and time here so come help us and come join us, there’s a lot of stuff to help out with.”

                    For anyone interested in volunteering their time to help in the renovation of the castle or for those with ideas for events they'd like to see happen in the space, Edwards is open to suggestions.

                    You can see renderings of the castle community garden and internet café in these videos:


                    Longtime Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley will not seek re-election

                    Fighting back tears, the Tarrant County judge revealed on Tuesday that his tenure on the commissioner’s court will end after 26 years. His announcement likely means there will be a mad scramble of ambitious politicians ahead of next year's election.

                    FORT WORTH, Texas - Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced he will not seek a fifth term in office next year.

                    Judge Whitley has been on the Commissioner’s Court since 1997 and has been the county judge since 2007.

                    The Republican also led the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as head of emergency management.

                    Fighting back tears, the Tarrant County judge revealed on Tuesday that his tenure on the commissioner’s court will end after 26 years. A standing ovation in the commission chamber quickly followed.

                    "I have decided that now is the time to prepare for the next chapter of leadership for Tarrant County. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve my county and to do so alongside my fellow commissioners. I am proud of all that we have accomplished together to make Tarrant County among the most innovative and collaborative counties in the nation," he said. "I raised my family in Tarrant County, I started my business in Tarrant County, and I will continue to serve Tarrant County with all that I have for the remainder of my term and into my next chapter."

                    Citing personal reflection and his family, Whitley will not seek a fifth term as county judge. He’ll continue on the job for another 18 months until the next election. He did not rule out a possible run for another office.

                    "I have not ruled out anything except for I am not running for county judge," he said.

                    Whitley won the Precinct 3 commissioner’s seat in 1996 and was sworn in under then-Judge Tom Vandergriff. A decade later in 2007, Whitley himself took over Vandergriff&aposs position. 

                    "One of the things I most fondly think about is my opportunity to work with Judge Vandergriff," Whitley said. "Judge Vandergriff was always about what’s best for the people."

                    Whitley noted many accomplishments during his tenure. But for many, it was COVID-19 and controversies over mask orders and business restrictions that thrust him and other county judges into the spotlight.

                    "COVID was something I knew could be in the job description. I didn’t hope we𠆝 ever have to dust it off and exercise it, but I know I’ve been encouraged by the collaboration that we’ve had during the last year and a half," he said. "Our priorities were to keep the hospitals open and businesses open, and I think we did both those things."

                    The announcement likely means there will be a mad scramble of ambitious politicians. 

                    One has already announced his candidacy – former Tarrant County Republican Party Chair and former Mayor of Farmers Branch Tim O’Hare.

                    But speculation is building about other names.

                    Just minutes after Whitley’s announcement, outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price released a statement saying in part: "I am not going to make any declaration today, but I will make my plans clear later this week." 

                    In an interview with FOX 4 in April, Price said a run for governor was not in her future. However, without giving specifics, she said she looked forward to serving Fort Worth in some capacity. 

                    "I’m going to let her make her announcements, but I think she𠆝 be a great county judge," Whitley said. "She’s got county experience. She’s got the city experience."

                    Tarrant County Judge not running for re-election

                    Outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price delivered her final remarks as mayor at city council on Tuesday. The timing is fueling speculation that she may run for the Tarrant County judge’s seat. The judge did a little speculating himself.

                    Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Rick Barnes says he𠆝 heard Price might be interested in Whitley’s seat but says it’s still early to make predictions.

                    "I have great respect for Betsy Price," he said. "And I think that if she chooses to run, it’ll certainly be a good race to watch on the primary side. And we’ll see how it goes."

                    Barnes says while Price is very popular in Fort Worth, half of Tarrant County’s population lives outside of the city.

                    "There’s not an automatic because you’ve been the mayor of one of the two counties in the city that you’re automatically set up for the next level," he said.

                    The next primary election for the Tarrant County judge is in March of 2022 with the general election following in November.


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