Showing posts with label Ancient Northumbria. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Dunstanburgh Castle Northumberland


Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland. 

Dunstanburgh Castle was built from 1313 by the Baron Earl Thomas of Lancaster, at a time of tension between himself and King Edward 11.
The Earl failed to reach the castle when his rebellion was defeated and he was executed in 1322. John of Gaunt took control of the castle band strengthened it against Scottish attack, later the castle became the focus of attack from Yorkist forces twice during the War of the Roses and subsequently fell into ruin.
Pictures of Dunstanburgh Castle and the rugged Northumberland coast.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hexham Abbey Northumberland


Hexham Abbey, Northumberland.

The beautiful  Hexham Abbey is situated in the centre of the Northumberland market town of Hexham.There has been a church on this site for 1300 years since the Queen of Northumbria Ethelreda gave land to St Wifred of York. The current Abbey was built in honour of St Andrew in AD674 and it was added to in the 12th century.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

St Cuthbert's Church Norham Northumberland


St Cuthbert's Church Norham, Northumberland.

Norham is where St Aidan crossed the Tweed on his way from Iona to establishing his monastery at Lindisfarne, the Holy Island in 635.
The first stone church was built at Norham in A.D 830 although the present church dates from 1165, the same time as Norham Castle.
The coffin of St Cuthbert was brought here from Lindisfarne in 875 when Danish invaders threatened the monastery, finally after being moved many times,  Cuthbert was buried at Durham and the cathedral was built in his honour there. 
In 1292 John Balliol paid homage to King Edward 1 of England here on behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland and in 1320 Robert the Bruce occupied the church while besieging Norham Castle. 
Historic St Cuthbert's has been an important place of worship for 800 years and many generations over that time have cared for this church.
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Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge Northumberland


Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge, Northumberland.

Twizell Castle is a grade two listed building and scheduled ancient monument which stands on a bend of the river Till dating to 1415. A medieval tower house which once stood on the site was destroyed by an invading Scottish army in 1496 . King James 1V of Scotland held a parliament at "Twesil" at the site in 1513 on his way to besieging Norham Castle. From about 1770 it was intended that the castle would be reconstructed as a Gothic mansion, but this work was never completed. Much of the castle material was used in the building of a new mansion at nearby Tillmouth Park.
The property is in a poor state and is officially classed by English Heritage as being at risk.

Twizell Medieval  Bridge was built in 1511 two years before the battle of Flodden and it is believed both the English and Scottish armies would have used the bridge, the Scots on their way to Norham several days before the fight and the English on the morning of the bloody battle.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kirknewton Northumberland


Kirknewton, Northumberland.

Kirknewton is a small village of only 100 people or so, 6 miles (10km) from Wooler in Northumberland and a similar distance to the Scottish borders.
The parish has one of the smallest populations in the United Kingdom but covers one of the largest geographical areas.
Parts of the St Gregory the Great church in the village date back to Norman times, and there are some remains of ancient hillforts in the area.
Nearby is the historic Yeavering Bell.    
The surrounding area is mainly dedicated to agriculture and tourism.
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Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Romans on Tyneside


The Romans on Tyneside.

These photos show Roman baths which were recently discovered near the Roman Fort of Segedunum at Wallsend.
In addition there is a statue which has been built by apprentices at the WD Close engineering company, of a Roman soldier, also at Segedunum.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Otterburn Northumberland


Otterburn, Northumberland.

Otterburn is a small village in Northumberland, 31 miles (50km) from Newcastle and 16 miles (26 km) from the Scottish border, the name simply means otter stream.
In 1388 the area was the scene of a major battle and a memorial to the battle, the Percy Cross, stands outside the village. Near to the village is an Iron Age Hillfort.  
Otterburn contains Otterburn Castle (originally called Otterburn Tower) which was built in 1830 although it may have incorporated a 13th century tower house. It is now a hotel.
St John the Evangelist's church was built between 1855 and 1857.
Otterburn is near to a large army training range.
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Countryside around Ottterburn
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