At last the final set of photo’s from Warkworth! (previous post HERE )
After the Hermitage we walked back along the river and reached the village, which is very picturesque and tidy.
All the cottages up this street are holiday rentals.
Firstly we went off to visit the church
lovely stain glass windows
the grounds were cool too, with one 16th century grave of a chap known as ‘The Hunter”
we also came across some strange sarcophagi
and some architectural conundrums
after the church, we went to lunch and then walked up the hill back to the castle.
On the way home we stopped off at Amble marina to see the boats, but the weather was not so good by then and we didn’t stay long,
All in all a great day out.
Back to work tomorrow, but still lots of days out photo’s processed and ready to go, it’s been great to go so many places and see some fabulous sights, have had a lovely holiday with the Fuji XT1, and especially with my hubby.
Although I’d visited Warkworth Castle before, I had no idea about the Hermitage until I saw it on Robson Green’s Tales of Northumberland TV series (which was brilliant by the way!). Now really you need to know a little bit about the place, so here’s a brief history.
The Hermitage is part of the Warkworth Castle grounds, and was built as a chantry chapel in the period 1332-49, by Henry Percy II, son of the first Percy, Lord of Alnwick, although some of it was built at a later date. Hermits were employed by the Lords of the land in those days, and paid to say prayers for the Lord and his family, and there are records of 4 different Hermits living at Warkworth Hermitage concurrently from 1471 until the last one in 1531. Fuller history Here.
The more romantic legend found in “Ghosts and Legends of Northumbria” …….
There are several versions of the legend, one of which tells of Sir Bertram of Bothal one of the Earl Percyʼs knights who was betrothed to the Lady Isabel, the daughter of Lord Widdrington. Badly wounded in a fierce and bloody battle when the Earl Percy led his knights to attack the Earl Douglas, Sir Bertram sent a message to Isabel begging her to come to his side. However, he waited in vain for her to arrive and as soon as he was able to ride, he set out with his brother to Isabelʼs home. There he was dismayed to learn that she had left immediately she received the message, and must have been kidnapped.
Sir Bertram and his brother set off in different directions to find her. Wandering through the countryside, often in disguise, Sir Bertram eventually heard about a beautiful princess held captive in the tower of a remote castle. Arriving at the castle he was unable to gain admittance and, keeping watch in a nearby cave, he eventually saw Isabel framed in the window of the tower. Exhausted he fell into a deep sleep.
Awoken by strange noises, he saw Isabel being helped down a rope ladder, by a figure in Highland costume. Brandishing his sword, Sir Bertram ran to the attack and dealt his opponent a terrible blow. The terrified Isabel, recognising Sir Bertramʼs voice, rushed between the two men shrieking, “Stop, wait, itʼs your own brother”. But it was too late. The next huge blow from Bertramʼs sword killed them both.
Returning to Warkworth, Bertram gave all his lands and wealth away to the poor, and built the tiny Hermitage, where he lived in solitude for the rest of his life. In the chapel he built an altar-tomb with the effigy of a beautiful lady, her hands raised in prayer. At her feet kneels the figure of a hermit, his left hand pressed to his heart, as if in sorrow. Over the doorway he carved an inscription, which translated reads: “My tears have been my meat night and day”.
I like that version best 🙂
A few people have been here before of course, the trees tell us so, and the whole place is covered in wild garlic plants, which perfume the air 😉
as you walk down the river, you get a glimpse of the ferry that crosses over to the Hermitage
When you get to the landing area you wait until the ferryman comes back for you, and then he helps you onto the boat, and tells you the tales of the legends, and some of the history. Also where to get a glimpse of red squirrels and kingfishers, but we didn’t see any sadly.
Once over, it’s a little walk to the Hermitage, and this is what you see when you get there..
Depending on what you want to believe, these next 2 shots are either a nativity scene, or the effigy’s of Isobel & Bertram
It was lovely,quiet and peaceful there, and I can see how it would be cool to live in such a secluded but beautiful place, but keeping warm in winter would not have been easy, and where would you plug the hair straighteners in??
It was very dark inside the caves and difficult to get any decent shots really, even with flash, so I concentrated on the outside. When we’d finished, the Ferryman took us back over and Sophie and I walked into town along the river path.
and we were lucky enough to see 2 herons fishing at different places along the river, now without a long zoom at the minute until Fuji get there finger out and produce one, I had to make do with my 55mm end of the little zoom, but still, you can see the Heron, just about!
So next time we’ll have a look around Warkworth the village, and then on to York.
My holiday nearly over now, but still another outing yesterday to the Wetlands at Washington with Cal & Phil, and tomorrow I’m off out with Sophie again to see some more medieval ruins, betcha can’t wait! 😉
Have returned from York with a gazillion pictures, it’s a great place for taking a camera, and it may take me a little time to get them all sorted, but still have more from the day out in Warkworth at the weekend, so here we go on part 2.. for the history see my previous post here
The Lost keys from prior post…
Since my last trip they have refurbished The Duke’s room so it was nice to see the furniture and how a room might have looked,
So that’s enough for now, still more to come, y’all will be bored to death of Warkworth 🙂
I had a fab day out with Sophie yesterday, we went to Warkworth and visited the castle, the Hermitage, the village and also stopped off at Amble Marina on the way home. Took loads of photo’s with the Fuji-XT1 and as I took loads I’m going to drip feed the blog as 80 odd shots might be too much all at once :). Firstly a mini history of the castle.. Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in the town of Warkworth. It occupies a loop of the River Croquet less than a mile from England’s north-east coast. When the castle was founded is uncertain: traditionally its construction has been ascribed to Prince Henry of Scotland in the mid-12th century, but it may have been built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England’s northern counties. Warkworth Castle was first documented in a charter of 1157–1164 when Henry II granted it to Roger fitz Richard. The timber castle was considered “feeble”, and was left undefended when the Scots invaded in 1173.Roger’s son Robert inherited and improved the castle. Robert was a favourite of King John, and hosted him at Warkworth Castle in 1213. The castle remained in the family line, with periods of guardianship when heirs were too young to control their estates. King Edward 1st stayed overnight in 1292 and John de Clavering, descendant of Roger fitz Richard, made the Crown his inheritor. With the outbreak of the Anglo-Scottish wars, Edward II invested in castles including Warkworth where he funded the strengthening of the garrison in 1319. Twice in 1327 the Scots besieged the castle without success.John de Clavering died in 1332 and his widow in 1345, at which point Henry de Percy, 2nd Baron Percy took control of Warkworth Castle. Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland added the imposing keep overlooking the village of Warkworth in the late 14th century. The 4th Earl remodelled the buildings in the bailey and began the construction of a church within the castle, but work on the latter was abandoned after his death. Though Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland supported Parliament during the English Civil War, the castle was damaged during the conflict. The last Percy earl died in 1670. In the mid-18th century the castle found its way into the hands of Hugh Smithson who married the indirect Percy Heiress. He adopted the name “Percy” and founded the dynasty of the Dukes of Northumberland, through whom possession of the castle descended.In the late 19th century, the dukes refurbished Warkworth Castle and Anthony Salvin was commissioned to restore the keep. Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland gave custody of the castle to the Office of Works in 1922. Since 1984 English Heritage has cared for the site, which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. That’s from wiki, lots of Dukes and Earls, The Percy family are well known in Northumberland with an amazing history ~ The Smithsonian Institute in USA would not exist without them, but that’s a different story. Anyway, I took some shots and converted some to black & white using Nik Silver FX which is a cool processing programme. I don’t do a lot of B&W as I love colour, but sometimes you have to try something different, so here are the ones I did preceded by a map of the grounds
I thought the lion was a sheep when I first saw it 🙂
That’s part one done, I quite like how the B&W worked out, without the distraction of colour it’s easy to focus on the textures and I think it lends itself well, so next time will be some more of the castle but in glorious technicolour 🙂
I’m off to stay in York for a couple of days tomorrow, very exciting, and no doubt will have even more photo’s, this holiday should keep me in blog posts for a year! laters gaters 😉
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