The Sunday fraggle report~ Prudhoe Castle

Yesterday I went out with my friends Sophie & Mike to visit Prudhoe Castle in Northumberland.  Sophie, Mike and I came together through Flickr back in 2011, and now and then we get together at a weekend and go visit somewhere interesting with our camera’s.  Sophie is a doctor of psychology and teaches at a University, and Mike is doing a degree in photography.  Yesterday we got together and went to Prudhoe Castle, a scheduled ancient monument and grade 1 listed building near the River Tyne in Northumberland. It has a long history, starting out as a a Norman Motte and baily, built sometime in the mid 11th century, and passed through a few families, notably the Umfravilles and The Percy’s and was attacked several times by our Scottish brethren, a short but interesting history can be found HERE.

Anyway, the weather wasn’t overly fab for photography, but I did my best.

 

The view from the road as you walk up to t he castle.

Purdah Castle, iPhone 6 panorama
Prudhoe Castle & Mill pond, iPhone 6 panorama
same view (fuji XT1)
same view (fuji XT1)

The Gatehouse built in 1150 contained the chapel .

The gatehouse
The gatehouse

The outer bailey contained the lower-status service buildings and a multi purpose great hall, but not much left of that.

The Outer Bailey
The Outer Bailey and East tower.
steps to the East Tower
steps to the East Tower

The Inner Bailey was enclosed by the first stone curtain wall of the mid 12th century but had to be rebuilt in th e 14th century after subsidence.

The inner bailey
The inner bailey

The Keep.  The west wall of the keep shows the scar of the gable end of the Norman roof, indication the great height of the open-roofed upper hall. Within the west wall a flight of stairs goes up to the battlement level walk. The south and east walls are no longer there so no other Norman features remain.

The inner stairs
The inner stairs

Lots of lovely little clumps of aubretia were growing in the walls all around the place.

albretia
albretia

Found these 2 carvings on the way out of the keep.

heads
heads

Also near the site of the castle this prehistoric stone was found with cup and ring carvings, during the restoration of the castle.

prehistoric stone
prehistoric stone & cup & ring carvings.

The carvings were made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people between 3500 and 6000 years ago, Northumberland has quite a few dotted about, amazing to see one.

Not sure what this was, found it in the chapel. Maybe some sort of alter or font.

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The castle had it’s own mill which was rebuilt a few times, the 18th century saw the last one and is now a ruin. The mill was the only one available to the villagers for grinding flour.

18th century mill
18th century mill & Mike
the stream that leads to the mill
mill pond dam
wall flowers
wall flowers
the stream pathway
the stream pathway & 50 shades of green
Ancient woodland around the castle, and Sophie.
Ancient woodland around the castle, and Sophie.

A walk around the outside of the castle and I took a pano with the iphone to show the south and north west drum towers

south drum tower
north west & south drum tower (iphone6 panorama)
primroses in the grass
primroses in the grass
lily's in the mill pond
lily’s in the mill pond

So thats my tour of Prudhoe Castle, or at least the best of my shots 🙂 after this we went on to Bailey Gardens to do some flowers, but that I’ll leave until the next post,

laters gaters

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