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Good Morning Everyone,

Having shown you the Durham Castle gatehouse, I had to follow up by showing you some views of the castle.

Please click on Durham Castle to see the photograph much larger and clearer.

It is a very large building, not possible to show in one shot. This shows the tower and part of the castle still inhabited.

The castle stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham's peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral. Construction of the Castle, which follows the usual motte and bailey design favoured by the Normans, began in 1072 under the orders of William the Conqueror, six years after the Norman conquest of England, and soon after the Normans first came to the North. The construction took place under the supervision of Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria.
From 1075, the Bishop of Durham became a Prince-Bishop, with the right to raise an army, mint his own coins, and levy taxes. As long as he remained loyal to the king of England, he could govern as a virtually autonomous ruler, reaping the revenue from his territory, but also remaining mindful of his role of protecting England’s northern frontier.

You may remember, that in later years, the gatehouse was widened to allow the bishop's carriage to pass easily through the arch.
The castle has been occupied since 1837 by University College, Durham after its previous role as the residence of the Bishops of Durham. Designated as a cultural World Heritage Site in England, along with Durham Cathedral, since 1986, the facility is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and is home to over 100 students. - Wikipedia

I will add a second photograph of this section as a workshop.

I hope all you castle lovers will, at some time, visit this fine castle and city, Bev :-)

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