As you can see the castle itself is very dramatic and dominates the coast line.

The principle castle remains date from the 14th century when the Earl of Lancaster (a cousin of Edward II of England) began the construction of a massive fortress which was later enlarged by John of Gaunt.

The castle is the largest in Northumberland enclosing the entire 11 acres of headland but it  didn’t play a significant part in the border warfare with Scotland.  During the wars of the roses (between 1455 and 1485) the castle was held for the Lancastrians.  The extensive damages that is sustained from canon during this time were not repaired and the castle fell into decay.

Dramatic View

Scant Remains

A Castle With a View

Info from Wiki.

18 Comments CherryPie on Oct 1st 2009

18 Responses to “Dunstanburgh Castle”

  1. angus says:

    Lovely place CherryPie, thanks for the good wishes:)

  2. jameshigham says:

    Not dissimilar in aspect to Lindisfarne.

    • CherryPie says:

      Now that you come to mention it, they are similar. I didn’t go this time and my pictures from the time I went aren’t brilliant because they are scanned from prints.

  3. Ach It’s been a very long time since I made it to Northumberland. I must rectify that

  4. Bernard says:

    Very dramatic coastline I should imagine.
    Not the place for sunbathing though!

  5. I think it is a shame when castles etc are left to decay.

  6. Phidelm says:

    Beautiful pix, Cherie – and thank you for the historical background: Dunstanburgh not really on my ‘map’, so you’ve added to my knowledge.

  7. liz says:

    Northumberland is one of the places on my to-visit list. It looks lovely.

  8. These photos, especially the top one, look really impressive when enlarged with ‘Cool Iris’(plugin for my FF browser)
    How sad the castle was never repaired.

  9. Claudia says:

    It must have been a fantastic Castle. You can practically hear the stones speak…

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