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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Through A Window

Through A Window

Liburn Tower Dunstanburgh Castle viewed from the twin towers of the Gate house. Standing there gazing out of the window and your mind begins to wonder what it must have been like way back when.....

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Liburn Tower

The Tower On The Hill

Liburn Tower which is part of Dunstanburgh Castle and stands at the highest point giving good all round views of impending attacks. It had 3 floors originally with one room on each floor Can you imagine what scenes there must have been from those windows.....

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A winters dusting

A Winters Dusting

The first snows of winter fall on the pastures across from Alnwick Castle on a bright crisp morning. But perhaps more bad weather isn't too far away



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TRee at Edlingham castle

Edlingham Castle

Edlingham Castle was built in the 12th century by John de Edlingham. In 1296 Sir William de Felton fortified the house and over the years was much improved on until it was abandoned in 1650. Visitors to the ruin during the day have reported having their clothes tugged by unseen hands. It is said to be that of the spirit of a young girl who haunts the ruins......

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TRee at Edlingham castle

There is a Tree by the wall

The old tree that stands by the outer wall of Edlingham Castle. It is such a nice shady spot during hot Summers day. A place I often sit by when I visit the old castle. It is not a place that too many people visit so most of the time I have the place to myself. Just to sit an let the mind drift is such a pleas net way to spend an afternoon......

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EDlingham Castle solar tower

The Solar Tower

Part of the Solar Tower at Edlingham Castle. A magnificent piece of Northumberlans history ......

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The pastures

The pastures

The pastures opposite Alnwick Castle is a popular place for local dog walkers with magnificent views of the castle and the river Aln. It is also a place for grazing cattle too. ......

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Across The Ages

Across The Ages

A view across the estuary at Amble with the old Jetty in the foreground and Warkworth Castle and the village in the background. ......

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The Lion and the castle

The Lion & The Castle

Alnwick Castle viewed from the Lion Bridge which spans the river Aln and was rebuilt in 1770 after the original was swept away in a flood....

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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 medieval times. A favourite place of mine to wander as night time falls, just to ponder 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 late 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, and fell 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 defense 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 Warkworth 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 building is arranged round its imposing central two-storey Pillar Hall. . ...

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Second Floor Belsay Hall

#C44 Second Floor Belsay Hall

Belsay Hall appears to have only 2 floors but it does have a third floor in the roof space for the servants. ...

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Belsay Castle

#C45 Belsay Castle

Belsay Castle was built in the 14th century as fortification against the 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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