Pendragon Castle #1 by Trevor Kersley

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Pendragon Castle is reputed to have been founded by Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur. According to legend, Uther Pendragon and a hundred of his men were killed here when the Saxon invaders poisoned the well. There are also claims that the Romans built at least a temporary fort here, along the road between their forts at Brough and Bainbridge. But (apart from legend and supposition), there is no real evidence that there was any building here before the Normans built their castle in the 12th Century.
The castle was built next to the River Eden in the Vale of Mallerstang in the late 12th century, probably by Hugh de Morville. Like the nearby castles of Appleby and Brough, Pendragon came into the possession of the Clifford family. It was abandoned after a raiding Scottish army set fire to the castle in 1341, but was rebuilt in 1360. It was left in ruins by another fire in 1541, but was restored in the mid 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford. The castle gradually fell back into ruin after her death – and now remains a romantic ruin, set in glorious scenery.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm

Featured in the group “History” 13 June 2011

356 views @ 23 May 2013


  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Hi Dortmund, this is awesome, my cousin and his wife named their converted barn house in Southern England (Milton Keynes) “Pendragon” which I always thought was so cool… ;-) This looks like a wonderful old ruin…

  • Thanks for your comments..Yes it is a wonderful place just to walk around as is all the Dales.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Yeh, I love the Dales, my favourite place was always Haworth though, do you have any photos of that area?

  • Sadly no a the moment..I live in the North Riding near to the North York Moors, but visit the Dales when visiting my daughter..will have to try getting over to that area.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    It’s amazing there D, you’ll love the cobblestones and hilly roads overlooking the amazing hills..I was just stunned by the absolute beauty of the area.. ;-)

  • Alice Oates
    Alice Oatesover 6 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful, really great capture.

  • Thanks Alice.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 6 years ago

    What an amazing place and equally amazing history! Great composition and the lighting adds to the mystique!

  • Thank you Blair for looking and for your comments.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • thank you Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Trevor,I love the drive down that valley…

  • thanks Jamie…yes I agree its a wonderful area to drive around.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • John Hare
    John Harealmost 4 years ago

  • many thanks for the feature John

    – Trevor Kersley

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • teresa731
    teresa731almost 2 years ago

    Awesome capture!!

  • Thanking you very much for the feature ……Teresa

    – Trevor Kersley

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