On Top of the Castle Keep

In the 19th century, cannon were mounted on the rooftop and fired on ceremonial occasions.

One was used regularly as the ‘noon gun’, firing at the midday in response to a telegraph signal from Greenwich Observatory in London.  After a number of accident – in one of which a gunner was killed – the practice of firing the cannon was eventually discontinued in the 1850s and the guns were later removed.*

On Top of the Castle Keep

On Top of the Castle Keep

On Top of the Castle Keep

*Information from Newcastle Castle guidebook (Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne).

6 Comments CherryPie on Oct 10th 2013

6 Responses to “The Castle Keep – Rooftop Views”

  1. Ayush says:

    great views from the top especially the first couple.

  2. Sean Jeating says:

    Well, the view of the castle keep itself is far nicer.

  3. J_on_tour says:

    It might be difficult for readers to take it in the variety of the views but I suppose that was why the commanding site was chosen for the Keep in the first place. If it’s any consolation, the weather was like that when I was last up there.

    • CherryPie says:

      I would really have loved to get a photo of the Black Gate with the Cathedral in the background. But the Black Gate was shrouded in scaffolding… Sighs…