The well preserved Warkworth Castle, situated in Warkworth village, Northumberland, England is a ruin, but reasonably well kept example “of unparalleled quality and sophistication in Northumberland” as described by historian John Goodall. Built on a defensive mound in a loop of the River Coquet, it is a Grade I listed building, now looked after by the English Heritage.
Warkworth Castle was originally constructed as a wooden fortress, some time after the Norman Conquest. It was later ceded to the Percy family, who held it, and resided there on and off (dependent on the state of their often stormy relationship with the royalty of the time) until the 16th century. During this period the castle was rebuilt with sandstone curtain walls and greatly reinforced. The imposing keep, overlooking the village of Warkworth was added during the late 14th century. It was refurbished, with much refaced stonework, by the Dukes of Northumberland in the late 19th century.
The castle formed the backdrop for several scenes in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2.
There is a long a beautiful history to this lovely castle so please click onto the link and continue reading.
This is a HDR image made by combining three bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Mac.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
17-35mm Wide Angle zoom lens (@ 17mm)
1/125, 1/250, 1/500
Some minor post processing was done using Photoshop CS