NY8673 : Remains of Simonburn Castle

taken 4 years ago, near to Simonburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Remains of Simonburn Castle
Remains of Simonburn Castle
"It was owned by the Herons until 1718, when it was conveyed to Robert Allgood. He repaired it some years later, but its usefulness was past and it gradually fell into ruin. This was hastened by a belief that it contained hidden treasure. The villagers were thus encouraged to pull it down in a fruitless search.

Today, among the fallen masonry, only part of the north-east tower remains, with one or two lancets and doorways, and ruined walls nine and a half feet thick."

The Great Parish of Simonburn from Hadrian's Wall to Carter Bar: An Historical Guide by Cecil Dickson Ward Davis (1972).
Simonburn Castle
Simonburn Castle stands on a steep promontory formed by the confluence of two deeply incised streams. The remains are of a 13th Century tower house, partly reconstructed as an eyecatcher from Nunwick Hall in 1766, and surviving as a ruined building. Only the barrel vaulted ground floor of the tower survives, with the remains of a turret on the north-west side. The tower was probably ruinous by the end of the 16th century.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Derelict, Disused  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8628 7374 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:3.4771N 2:12.9792W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 86292 73743
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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