NU2522 : Foamy sea near Dunstanburgh Castle

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

Foamy sea near Dunstanburgh Castle
Foamy sea near Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh stands on a rocky promontory of the Whin Sill. Protected on the north side by the cliffs of Gull Crag up to 30m in height extending out to Castle Point and the broken rocks of Thorns Carr. A gash along these cliffs known as Rumble Churn NU2522 : Cliffs, Rumble Churn is described in a poem telling the tale of a local Northumbrian legend:

"Loud was the roar on that sounding shore
Yet still could the Knight discern,
Louder than all, the swell and the fall
Of the bellowing Rumble Churn!

With strange turmoil did it bubble and boil,
And echo from place to place;
So strong was its dash, and so high did it splash,
That it washt the castle's base:

The spray, as it broke, appeared like smoke
From a sea−volcano pouring;
And still did it rumble, and grumble, and tumble,
Rioting! raging! roaring!"

From 'Sir Guy the Seeker' by Matthew Lewis (1808) LinkExternal link

The place-names along the Northumberland coast are being researched for a future publication of the English Place-Name Society:

"The first edition OS map (1895) shows that Rumble Churn originally referred to a longer inlet on the south-east of Dunstanburgh Castle. On the 1897 map that inlet is named Queen Margaret’s Cove while Rumble Churn is shown in its present, northern location. In fact, the original site is a more convincing rumbler, and eighteenth-century visitors enjoyed being terrified by it.

The surf foams and roars in it, and the large round boulders at its inland end rumble when the tidal swell is strong, nicely matching the definition in the Scottish National Dictionary entry for the verb and noun rummle: ‘Rummlekirns — Gullets on wild rocky shores, scooped out by the hand of nature; when the tide flows into them in a storm, they make an awful rumbling noise; in them are the surges churned’"
MEMS research blog, Newcastle University LinkExternal link

There is a photo of Queen Margaret’s Cove here NU2521 : Queen Margaret's Cove, below Dunstanburgh Castle
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Saturday, 13 February, 2016
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Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Estuary, Marine 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 2548 2215 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:29.5492N 1:35.8974W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 25345 22224
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