Cawood is a large village situated on the southern bank of the River Ouse a little over five miles from Selby. The Ouse is crossed here by a swing bridge which dates from 1872.

Cawood is an attractive village with many historic associations.

It once had a castle, a residence for the Archbishop of York, which was visited by kings and queens when journeying between the north of England and the south. Cardinal Wolsey also stayed there, and on his last visit was arrested for high treason.

The castle fell into disrepair in the early 17th century and the only part of the building that survives is the Gatehouse. This is now owned by The Landmark Trust and is let as holiday accommodation.

The Castle Garth is a large area of unspoiled grassland in the centre of the village. It was part of the Castle and was probably used as a garden in medieval times.

Wolsey Walk is a 5-mile circular walk around the village.

The village church is dedicated to All Saints. It dates back to the 12th century.

Cawood has an annual Craft Festival over August Bank Holiday weekend, in order to raise money for the upkeep of the church.

The Cawood Sword, one of the finest Viking swords ever discovered, was found in the River Ouse near the village in the late 19th century. It is now in the Yorkshire Museum in York.

OS grid reference SE 575 375

Useful and informative links

Cawood photographs from Geograph
Historic Cawood
This is a website for the village that has been created by the Parish Council, presenting an overall picture of the community.
Wikipedia article on Cawood

Home » Towns and Villages » Cawood