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As seen in my previous post Dunstanburgh Castle occupies a high coastal bluff visible from afar. The construction of the castle was begun in 1313 on the orders of Thomas Earl of Lancaster, who instructed his stone mason to build a gatehouse 80 feet high with a tower on either side of the gate. Lancaster, the cousin of King Edward II, was rich and powerful and his intention was to build a castle to outshine those of the king. In its time the Great Gatehouse of Dunstanburgh Castle was one of the most imposing structures of any English castle, but Lancasters ambition was finally to lead to his execution.

As recently as 2003 archaeologists have found on the foreshore, the foundations of a 75m long stone quay, which has given rise to the assumption that Lancaster planned his castle for visitors to arrive by sea, as was the fashion for visitors to royal castles, and to be impressed by the scale and grandeur of the immense towers of the Great Gatehouse.

In the 1380s John of Gaunt refortified the castle and converted part of the Great Gatehouse into a keep. In the 1460s Dunstanburgh Castle was besieged twice during the Wars of the Roses. In the 16th century the castle began to fall into disrepair. It passed into the ownership of the state in 1929 and it now cared for by English Heritage.

In the WS is a view of the Great Gatehouse from the other side. You can see how it overlooks the sea.

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