The Castle  Holy Island by Trevor Kersley

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Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, much altered by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. The island is accessible from the mainland at low tide by means of a causeway. The castle is located in what was once the very volatile border area between England and Scotland. Not only did the English and Scots fight, but the area was frequently attacked by Vikings. The castle was built in 1550, around the time that Lindisfarne Priory went out of use, and stones from the priory were used as building material. It is very small by the usual standards, and was more of a fort. The castle sits on the highest point of the island, a whinstone hill called Beblowe. Lindisfarne’s position in the North Sea made it vulnerable to attack from Scots and Norsemen, and by Tudor times it was clear there was a need for a stronger fortification, although obviously, by this time, the Norsemen were no longer a danger. This resulted in the creation of the fort on Beblowe Crag between 1570 and 1572 which forms the basis of the present castle.

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castle lindisfarne northumberland england island holy sea coast ancient history heritage architecture coastline old uk sky rock landscape holy island isle british grass historic north fort landmark lindisfarne castle fortification tower northeast monument northumbria celtic seascape tidal berwick fishing harbour st cuthbert north east farne islands ruins rocks mudflats hull monastery yachts boats bamburgh seahouses lindisfarne priory north sea

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  • GeorgeOne
    GeorgeOneabout 1 month ago

    Great shot Trevor. No tourists? Well done.

  • Thanks George

    – Trevor Kersley

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