South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Coasts and castles #4.

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Warkworth Castle, Northumberland


This is the final picture in this short series about the castles and coasts of Northumberland, following a recent day trip from South Shields.

The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in northern England. The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son Henry ‘Harry Hotspur’ Percy, hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent ‘kingmakers’ both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths.

Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century. It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.

You can read more about the castle’s history here.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 50mm lens, 1/500 second, f8, iso 200


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Written by curly

September 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, History, Photoshop

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  1. Looks like a magnificent castle, I would try to leave more space on the left though… kinda like leading to it.


    September 6, 2008 at 12:18 am

  2. Love this castle! Great shot.


    September 6, 2008 at 4:22 am

  3. Fabulous serie of castles.


    September 6, 2008 at 11:17 am

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this short series of yours. Wonderful photos and very informative text. What amazed me most was Bamburgh castle, that it’s actually still used as a residence. Are many castles in the UK still used as homes too?


    September 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

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