Built on a basalt outcrop, Bamburgh Castle was known to the native Britons as Din Guardi and had been the capital of the British Kingdom of Bryneich 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 (Bryneich) 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.

His grandson Æðelfriþ passed it on to his wife Bebba, from whom the early name Bebanburgh was derived. The Vikings destroyed the original fortification in 993.

The Normans built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one. William II (Rufus) unsuccessfully besieged it in 1095 during a revolt supported by its owner, Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland. After Robert was captured, his wife continued the defence until coerced to surrender by the king’s threat to blind her husband.

Bamburgh then became the property of the reigning English monarch. Henry II probably built the keep. As an important English outpost, the castle was the target of occasional raids from Scotland. In 1464 during the Wars of the Roses, it became the first castle in England to be defeated by artillery, at the end of a nine-month siege by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick.

It is an awesome place, breathing and oozing history every single second. And I want to go back there.

From film


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  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image Maureen, you seem to know Northern England quite well ?.

  • I guess I do. :) Feels like home to me.
    Glad you like it, Steve.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • joak
    joakalmost 5 years ago

    jings thats some story…and shot!

  • Thanks a whole bunch. :)

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

    I just adore this image for the color and softened textures, but I love it, too, for what I can imagine there. xo

  • This place is simply awesome.
    Really, really great.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 5 years ago

    We saw it in pouring rain, and it was then not so magical to look at. It would be great to have seen it on the day you were there. Your notes are great.

  • Thanks a lot.
    I hope you’ll get there again and see it in sunshine. :)
    And Lindisfarne of course.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinalmost 5 years ago

    Splendid work, good framing, well done!

  • Many thanks, Denis!

    – Rowan Lewgalon

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely photo. Here is my version of bamburgh Castle:

    I live less than an hour’s drive from Bamburgh :)

  • Awesome!
    I love it! And I envy you – I’d so love to live there!
    Bamburgh and Lindisfarne always make me think of Aidan. :)
    Here’s my version of him:

    – Rowan Lewgalon

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    oops – didn’t realise it would be so large an image – sorry for hogging all your space :)

  • It’s not that large. It perfectly fits :)

    – Rowan Lewgalon

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