Bamburgh Castle on the coast of N.E. England - an impressive structure with link back to 8th century AD
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, England on the North Sea coast.
The name Bamburgh confirms the sites antiquity as it 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
- Cross Hall
- Captains’ Lodgings
- Faire Chamber
- Court Room
- Archaeology Room
- Larder and Dairy
Cliff edge location adds to romantic appeal.