Showing posts with label Bamburgh Castle (Part One) Northumberland. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Bamburgh Castle (Part One) Northumberland


Bamburgh Castle (Part One) Northumberland. 

The castle location was home to a fort of the native Britons known as Din Guarie and was possibly capital of the British kingdom of the region,  the first written mention of of a fortification on this site was in 547. In that year the fortress was captured by Ida of Bernicia and became Ida's seat. 
His grandson Aethelfrith  passed it on to his wife Bebba, from whom the early name Bebbanburgh was derived. Bamburgh was the capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria. The Normans later built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one.
 There  were several owners of the castle over the centuries.
Some work was done on castle during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was bought by the Victorian Tyneside industrialist William Armstrong who restored the castle. The castle belongs to the Armstrong family to this day. It hosts weddings and corporate events & is open to the public and has been used as a film location. The castle is along the coast from the historic Holy Island.
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