Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is a second photograph of Dunstanburgh Castle but I wanted to post the other, first, to reveal its stunning sea cliff location.

Here, you have a much closer view of the ruined gate house. It has always reminded me of a broken tooth, or broken teeth!

What I really liked about this particular shot was that the group of tourists, walking towards us, were so regimented that they seemed like a group of soldiers, about to challenge our intention to enter the castle!!
It was a bit of a modern scenario in keeping with the history of this ancient castle.

The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was originally recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold.

Unfortunately the earl failed to reach Dunstanburgh when his rebellion was defeated, and he was taken and executed in 1322. Thereafter the castle passed eventually to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep. - English Heritage

Northumberland is a county well worth visiting.
It is a bit of a hidden gem, never seeming to be overcome with too many tourists and there are so many eclectic features to explore.

Have a good day and keep safe, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7722 W: 335 N: 17822] (70471)
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