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.
The Gatehouse built in 1150 contained the chapel .
The outer bailey contained the lower-status service buildings and a multi purpose great hall, but not much left of that.
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 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.
Lots of lovely little clumps of aubretia were growing in the walls all around the place.
Found these 2 carvings on the way out of the keep.
Also near the site of the castle this prehistoric stone was found with cup and ring carvings, during the restoration of the castle.
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.
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.
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
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,