Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland is one of the most recognised and loved castles in all of England and Europe. The site where the castle now stands was previously home to a fort of the native Britons known as Din Guarie and it “may have been the capital of the British kingdom of the region from the realm’s foundation in c.420 until 547, the year of the first written reference to the castle. In that year the citadel was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Ida of Bernicia (Beornice) and became Ida’s seat. It was briefly retaken by the Britons from his son Hussa during the war of 590 before being relieved later the same year.” It was his grandson who then gave it to his wife Bebba. This is where we get the early name Bebanburgh, the basis of its name today. The original fortification was destroyed by the Vikings in 993. “The Normans built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one.” The castle is built on a core of basalt, a grey or black volcanic rock, recognisable by the geometric patterns it forms when it quickly cools on the earth’s surface, which means it is built on a very sure foundation. The beauty of this castle stands out for miles. Standing here, there is something so romantic about the fluid tall grass blowing in the breeze, and the strong structure, withstanding the onslaught of natures forces.
You can take tours of this lovely old Castle, and the grounds are open to enjoy. The castle has it’s own preservation group and is self sustained. Images of the castle have been taken and published by English Heritage, though it has nothing else to do with the property.
This is a HDR image combining 6 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Slight adjustments in lighting and contrast were made using the enhanced details tool.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/30, 1/60, 1/80, 1/125, 1/250, 1/400