A beautiful day and a beautiful setting. Northumberland National Park to our left and the arch of the Holy Islands and the North Sea to our right. But all that pales in comparison to Bamburgh Castle as you leave Seahouses. Today, the sun brightened the stonework and gave it a backdrop of deep blue, from the sea.
With building excitement we parked the car and begun the climb to the ticket office that was once the location of the dungeon! We followed the timeline to find the castle was built in 473(apx) and was an essential part of Northumbria’s history. From Anglo-Saxon and King Oswald to the modern day the castle had had a few owners.
It has been used as a sanctuary for the poor, a school for girls who would go into service and even a conversant for the rich and privileged who have lost their money! It was one of the first places in the UK to offer free medical care to the poor and needy, think that was Lord Crewe. Lord Armstrong and his descendants owned the castle for some years. The first Lord Armstrong was a bit of an inventor and was responsible for the hydraulics that work Tower Bridge in London.
Also, in the 18th century, Dr John Sharp, due to the many boats and ships lost on the rocks of the Holy Islands and surrounding area, set up the very first coast gaurds. They were deployed on hoses back to warn ships. A series of flags and lanterns were also used.
One note to anyone wanting to visit, it’s not every wheelchair friendly, however, the staff are friendly and the help they offered us with Mother was touching. The people of Northumbria are wonderfully friendly and keen to help.