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An ink drawing from 1991.

Excavation has revealed that the site has been occupied since the 1st century BC and that it was in use during the years of the Roman occupation. The first historical mention of Bamburgh is in 547 when it appears as the seat of an Anglo-Saxon king, Ida. Ida’s grandson Ethelfrith gave the castle to his wife Bebba. Over the years ‘Bebbanburgh’ became Bamburgh.

In 627 the newly crowned King Edward of Northumberland brought the Roman missionary Paulinus to preach Christianity in his lands around Bamburgh. Although Edward was killed by his Pagan enemies, his son Oswald carried on the work and summoned the monk Aidan from Iona to found a monastery on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in 635. Northumbria became one of the great centres of learning and art, a golden age cut short in 993 by marauding Vikings, who left Bamburgh Castle in ruins.

The Normans built a new stone castle at Bamburgh, the great keep probably being completed by Henry II, and from its first siege in 1095 by William II until its last nearly four hundred years later it remained impregnable. During this time it remained a Royal stronghold against invading Scots and rebellious barons.

In the Wars of the Roses, Bamburgh was held by the Lancastrians and in 1464 it was captured by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, who pounded it to pieces with artillery before it surrendered. It was the first castle in England to succumb to cannon fire. Thereafter it gradually fell into disrepair and ruin with only the Norman Keep remaining intact.

The castle was eventually bequeathed for charitable purposes and a major restoration programme was started in the mid 18th century that continued in stages into the early 19th century. In 1894 the trustees sold the castle to the 1st Lord Armstrong, an inventor and industrialist, who started his own programme of reconstruction and modernisation. Since this time the castle has remained the home of the Armstrong family.



bamburgh castle, northumberland, blythart, dave edwards

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 3 years ago

    I love seeing your artwork, such tremendous detail. The way you seem to draw almost every blade of grass/and, almost every single brick. I guess, this type of drawing must take hours long. Me, my patience will only last 1/2 an hour, and, I’m afraid that’s it! Then, again, I suppose it’s possible to end one session/then, go back and start again. I call watching one guy, and, he stayed in the backgarden drawing/painting all day long one canvas; and, furthermore, it was cold; I have to really admire people who can do that; as it means they take doing their art very seriously, indeed. Me, I just quickly draw a really simple outline; and, that’s it, I’m done!

  • Thanks Paul. I drew this in the days when my eyesight was stronger and my pens had really fine nibs. It took me between ten and twelve hours to do. I didn’t do it all at once – I split the time into maybe an hour or two a day.


  • green0pencil
    green0pencilover 3 years ago

    bricks grass sky…breath taking!

  • Thanks … we have a few castles like this in Northumberland, where I live.


  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 3 years ago

    Wow, Great artwork, my friend!! you attention to details is what makes these drawings so fabulous…. this is FANTASTIC!! hugs!

  • Thanks Barb.


  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 3 years ago

    Great details, I love how you’ve captured the light and shadows. Nice point of view, as seen by those who slowly approach the castle standing on the hill :)

  • Thanks. This must be the view that armies saw as they tried to attack the castle in days gone by. I’ve been inside this castle by the way.


  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarover 3 years ago


  • April Jarocka
    April Jarockaover 3 years ago

    Is good…definitely!!

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Superb art, amazing detailed workmanship.

  • sweeny
    sweenyover 3 years ago

    I’ve been to Bamburgh a few times, great work Dave :-)))R

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 3 years ago
    Impressive art-work, well done!!!
  • Harry Purves
    Harry Purvesover 3 years ago

    This is great, so detailed Dave, and typical Bamburgh weather too! Just like the view I took only a couple of years ago! I think I like your drawing best!

  • Your photo is good too, but I guess my drawing took a little longer (12 hours). I reckon my view is as seen from the left a little, as I included the archway that can’t be seen properly in your photo.


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