NORTHUMBERLAND - PAGE 2 - (OCT 05)
These photos are a few more from our week in Northumberland, they were all taken at the magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
|The remains at Dunstanburgh date back to the 14th century and the original castle created by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. The castle was built both as a statement of power and as a defensive fortress against raids by the Scots. The sea and cliffs provided natural protection to two sides of the castle.|
|Access to Dunstanburgh is along a coastal path from Craster Village 1.5 miles away from the site where there is car parking. The castle had fallen to ruin by the 16th century, it was damaged during the War of the Roses, (1455-1487) and stone was taken for use on other buildings in the area. The main remains at the castle, the largest in Northumberland are the Gatehouse/Keep and Lilburn tower as shown above.|
|The castle ruins dominate the view from the surrounding area, the photo on the left was taken from the sandy beach at Embleton Bay to the north west of the castle.|