Bamburgh Castle, England.

This evening, I am posting information on Bamburgh Castle, a structure which was lavishly restored by shipping magnate, Lord Armstrong in the late 19th century on a site with a long history of occupation stretching back into pre-history.

Location is about fifty miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the North Sea coast.

View east from Bamburgh Castle

The name Bamburgh confirms the sites antiquity as is derived from Bebbanburge, c AD 710-720, which mean ‘Stronghold of a queen called Bebbe’.

As a fortification elements, principally St. Oswald’s Gate, date back to the 8th century but the current castle has evolved from a Norman template with the Keep dating from the 12th century.

Inside the castle, the King’s Hall is a 19th century masterpiece built on a medieval floor plan. This is shown in the video clip at foot of this post. Note the impressive false hammer-beam ceiling held together with over 1300 oak pins. Other rooms include:

  • The Great Kitchen
  • Medieval Store Rooms
  • Buttery
  • Cross Hall
  • Captains’ Lodgings
  • Faire Chamber
  • Armoury
  • Court Room
  • Scullery
  • Kitchen
  • Archaeology Room
  • Larder and Dairy

Bamburgh is the first castle in England to have fallen to cannon fire, in 1464, when under siege during the Wars of the Roses. Henry VI ruled from here for a short period in 1461.

Cliff edge location adds to romantic appeal.

Located in Northumberland, N.E. England.

King’s Hall

Interior at Bamburgh Castle.

Entrance Gateway, Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

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