Showing posts with label Castles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Castles. Show all posts

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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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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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
The first part of the castle was built in 1096 and the castle has been added to and modified several times over the years.
The castle is used for a variety of purposes including the making of Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and most recently one of the Transformers series as well internationally popular TV series such as Downton Abbey.
800,000 people visit the castle every year and the renowned landscape gardener Capability Brown designed adjacent parks.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Durham City


Durham City

The City of Durham is a historic city and the county town to County Durham.
Durham Cathedral and the the adjacent 11th century Durham Castle is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The city lies on the river Wear and the Cathedral was founded in 1093 in honour of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Warkworth Castle Northumberland



Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.

The town of Warkworth in Northumberland dates back to the 8th century, the castle in the town is said to date back to the mid-12th century and is usually claimed to have been built by Prince Henry of Scotland, although it is also attributed to Henry the Second of England as it was first mentioned in a charter dating 1157-1164.
The castle stands near a bend on the River Coquet. Warkworth is near to the seaport of Amble. 
The castle changed hands several times over the centuries including ownership by the Dukes of Northumberland. It is now a Schedule Ancient Monument which offers protection against unauthorised changes and is designated as a grade 1 listed building and classed as being of international importance.
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