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

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, 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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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Norham and the river Tweed


Norham Castle, Norham village & the river Tweed, Northumberland.

Norham is a village situated next to the river Tweed across from Scotland, in Northumberland
The castle was founded by the Bishop of Durham in 1121 and was rebuilt and improved many times over the centuries.Norham castle was besieged 13 times by Scottish forces,  including once for over a year by Robert the Bruce.
In 1291 Edward the 1st arbitrated between 13 competitors for the Scottish throne before choosing John Baliol who paid homage to Edward in a Norham church.
In 1497 the Scots laid siege to the castle and brought the giant cannon "Mons Meg"from Edinburgh.
In 1559 the castle was seized by Elizabeth the 1st after the Prince Bishop of Durham Cuthbert Tunstall refused to take the oath of supremacy.
In the 1560's the castle was left to ruin.
The painter JMW Turner painted one of his most famous works "Norham Castle,Sunrise" in 1845, he also produced other paintings of the castle at different times in his life.
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Friday, April 17, 2015