Lindisfarne Castle

From Wiki:

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.

10 Comments CherryPie on Jan 29th 2014

10 Responses to “Lindisfarne Castle”

  1. You’d never get planning permission to build that nowadays, would you?

  2. james higham says:

    Did we not do this before? Going crazy here. Not that I’m complaining though.

  3. This place reminded me a bit of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. :)

  4. Ayush says:

    what contours to be seen here. i am wondering how the transport of building materials was done at this place. interesting text too.

  5. J_on_tour says:

    Not such a thing as middle age preservation … it was all about recycling instead !!
    Only been in the building once, my imagination ran riot as I imagined I was in an adventure book of my childhood.