More Photography of Castles & Architecture in Northumberland!

The more I explore the riches that Northumberland has to offer the more I come across places I have never been too. Northumberland is such a vast County and yet in real terms the population is small. But O what history it holds and none more so thank in its many Castles and churches that abound within its borders. Here are more photographs that I have taken of some of them I have come across on my travels and no doubt I will come across many more, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed visiting such historic places.

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Sunset O'r The Castle

Sunset O'r The Castle

As the sun sets over Warkworth Castle you can almost here the singing of the soldiers and chatter of those who once lived here back in medival times. A favourite place of mine to wander as night time falls, just to pondee on what life must have been like back then....

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Bamburgh Oil Fields

Bamburgh Oil Fields

Looking across a sea of yellow oil seed rape towards Bamburgh Castle in the South in tlate April as the clouds bubble up on the horizon, Perhaps there is snow or rain coming soon. Lets hope not too much winds to batter the fields in to surrender...

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Norham Castle Keep

Norham Castle Keep

Set high on a grassy hill, overlooking the River Tweed, Norham Castle was one of the most important strongholds in this once turbulent region. It was also the one most frequently attacked by the Scots. Besieged at least 13 times, once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce. It withstood what was thrown at it. But even its powerful 12th century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, andfell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden Field. ...

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Battle Scars

#C36 Battle Scars

What now remains of Norham Castle which stands on the river tweed. In its time a formidable stronghold agianst the invading Scots.......

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Etal castle tower

#C37 Etal Castle Tower

The Tower House of Etal Castle Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV's invading Scots army in 1513, immediately before their catastrophic defeat at nearby Flodden........

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Etal Castle Gate House

#C38 Etal Castle Gate House

The outside of the Gate House at Etal castle which was built in the 14th century and fortified against the riads by the Scots...

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Etal castle Gateway

#C40 Gateway To The Past!

Inside Etal castle walls showing the gatehouse built in the 14th century as a fortification against the raids by the Scots. ...

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Blue Skies over Warkworth

#C41 Blue Skies over Warkworth

A different view of one of my favourite castles. Looking north towards Warkworthj Castle and part of the village on a lovely sunny day in May...

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View of Belsay hall from lawn

#C42 Belsay Hall

In 1817 the new Mansion of the Middletons was completed which was designed by the then owner Sir Charles Monck, formerly Middleton (1779–1867). On Christmas Day 1817, Sir Charles and his family moved the short distance from the castle into their newly finished hall. ...

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Belsay Hall Entrance

#C43 Belsay Hall Entrance

Belsay Hall was inspired by what Sir Charles had seen on his honeymoon in Greece. The buildingia arranged round its imposing central two-storey Pillar Hall. . ...

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Second Floor Belsay Hall

#C44 Second Floor Belsay Hall

Belsay Hall appreas to have only 2 floors but it does have a third floor in the roof space for teh servants of teh house as well as a very large cellar space. ...

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Belsay Castle

#C45 Belsay Castle

Belsay Castle was built in the 14th century as fortification against te Scots with the Jacobean mansion being added in the early 19th century. ...

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Belsay Castle Great Hall

#C46 The Great Hall

The Great Hall inside Belsay Castle. It must have been a magnificent setting for wining & Dining back in its day. ...

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Ratcheugh Observatory

#C47 Ratcheugh Observatory

This peculiar building seen high up on Ratcheugh Crag, about 2 miles NE of Alnwick is known as Ratcheugh Observatory, with spectacular views and commissioned by the 1st Duke of Northumberland built around 1770-80 and used frequently by the duke and his family as a picnic area. It is only open to the public occasionally. ...

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