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Skipton Castle Badges through the years...

Since 1974 Skipton Castle has given a badge to every visitor under the age of 18. Our very young visitors have to show that they can stand up unaided to qualify for a badge. Over one million badges have been given away. The badges change every year and occasionally more than one version of a design occurs in a year. The badges are illustrated below with the year of issue.

The first badge 1974 was printed in three colours on white paper measured 32mm and had a wire brooch back. In 1980 the badge was issued with two different background colours: green and blue.

Skipton Castle Badge 1974 Skipton Castle Badge 1975 Skipton Castle Badge 1976 Skipton Castle Badge 1977
1974
 
1975
 
1976
 
1977
 
Skipton Castle Badge 1978 Skipton Castle Badge 1979 Skipton Castle Badge 1980a Skipton Castle Badge 1980b
1978
 
1979
 
1980a
 
1980b
 
Skipton Castle Badge 1981 Skipton Castle Badge 1982
1981
 
1982
 

In 1983 the size of the badge was increased to 38mm and a safety pin fitted. This was to reduce the risk of badges being swallowed by infants and to make them safer to handle. In 1984 the same central design was used with four different coloured rims: red, yellow, blue and green.

Skipton Castle Badge 1983 Skipton Castle Badge 1984a Skipton Castle Badge 1984b Skipton Castle Badge 1984c
1983
 
1984a
 
1984b
 
1984c
 
Skipton Castle Badge 1984d Skipton Castle Badge 1985 Skipton Castle Badge 1986 Skipton Castle Badge 1987
1984d
 
1985
 
1986
 
1987
 
Skipton Castle Badge 1988 Skipton Castle Badge 1989
1988 1989
   

The year 1990 was the 900th anniversary of the founding of a castle at Skipton and to celebrate this the badge size was increased to 45mm.

Skipton Castle Badge 1990
1990

   
Skipton Castle Badge 1991 Skipton Castle Badge 1992 Skipton Castle Badge 1993 Skipton Castle Badge 1994
1991
 
1992
 
1993
 
1994
 
Skipton Castle Badge 1995 Skipton Castle Badge 1996
1995
 
1996
 

In 1997 the first design (97a) was not liked and replaced by (97b) after a few weeks. The year 1998 saw the introduction of process colour printing allowing photographs to be reproduced.

Skipton Castle Badge 1997a Skipton Castle Badge 1997b Skipton Castle Badge 1998 Skipton Castle Badge 1999
1997a 1997b 1998 1999
   

The millennium year 2000 was celebrated with a large badge showing the castle as it was in that year.

If you find a badge at home you will be able to work out in which year the castle was visited. Maybe it was given to a brother or sister or even one of your parents. Many made their first visit to Skipton Castle when they came with their school.

Skipton Castle Badge 2000
2000

   
Skipton Castle Badge 2001 Skipton Castle Badge 2002 Skipton Castle Badge 2003
2001
2002 2003 2004
Badge 2008
2005 2006 2007 2008 
Badge 2009 Badge 2010
2009 2010 2011 2012
Badge 2013 Badge 2014 Badge 2015 Badge 2016
2013 2014 2015 2016
Badge 2016      
2017