I was travelling down to Newcastle today, as Fulham are playing at St James Park tomorrow - my nearest away game. As the trains are a shambles on a Sunday, I decided to drive and have a look at the castles on the way. I last visited this coast a long time ago.
My first stop was Lindisfarne. Famous as the first recorded Viking raid on the priory, a job Henry VIII finished off! This isn't really a castle. It was a Tudor fort built to keep my ancestors from Scotland away, and then much altered by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. Still, it looks the part.
|What looks like WW2 tank traps nearby. Hard to believe anyone thought the Germans would land panzers this far north.|
The must-see castle on this coast is Bamburgh. For The Last Kingdom fans, this is Bebbanberg. The current castle is medieval, besieged during the war of the Roses, and much renovated by the Armstrong family. There is a small museum to their better-known armaments business. Their cash did an impressive job.
|View from the south|
|A later crossbow. Part of a fine collection of weaponry.|
|A good collection of armour as well. Here are a couple of pikeman's corselets.|
|A large model of the Vickers Light Tank in desert camo.|
And the final castle of the day was Dunstanburgh. A bit of a hike in the wind from Caster village.
I finished my trip for today at Alnwick. Sadly the castle is closed, but I'll do Warkworth tomorrow morning. They have an excellent second-hand bookshop in the old station building (Barter Books), with fantastic cake. A few purchases were made, including a biography of Leopold 1 that I hadn't seen before.
I hope my wife doesn't read this. She may notice the asking price for this wargame classic and look more carefully at my bookshelves!