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Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

A short break in Northumberland saw us visit the ruined castle of Dunstanburgh. It was built on a headland overlooking the sea, with exceptional views in all directions.

The castle is approached by a well-worn path across a grassy pasture, interspersed with gorse bushes, adding interest to the viewpoint.

From English Heritage:
The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was originally recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold.

Unfortunately the earl failed to reach Dunstanburgh when his rebellion was defeated, and was taken and executed in 1322. Thereafter the castle passed eventually to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep.

The focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay.

Thank you for your visit. Have a great day, Bev :-)

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