NT9047 : Norham Castle

taken 1 year ago, near to Norham, Northumberland, Great Britain

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Norham Castle
Norham Castle
"Day set on Norham’s castled steep,
And Tweed’s fair river, broad and deep,
And Cheviot’s mountains lone;
The battled towers, the donjon keep,
The loop-hole grates where captives weep,
The flanking walls that round it sweep,
In yellow lustre shone.
The warriors on the turrets high,
Moving athwart the evening sky,
Seemed forms of giant height;
Their armor, as it caught the rays,
Flashed back again the western blaze,
In lines of dazzling light."
Part of Marmion (A Tale of Flodden Field) by Sir Walter Scott (1808).
A photograph of Norham Castle illustrates the 1866 edition LinkExternal link

Turner painted 'Norham Castle, Sunrise' around 1845 after making several visits from his first in 1797. It is part of the Turner Collection of Tate Britain: LinkExternal link
Jonathan Jones in The Guardian, Thursday 19 July 2001: LinkExternal link
Norham Castle
Norham Castle is set high on a grassy mound, commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed. It was one of the most important strongholds in this once turbulent border region. It was the one castle most frequently attacked by the Scots, besieged at least 13 times, once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce. But even its powerful 12th century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, and it fell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden Field. The extensive 16th century rebuilding that followed, adapting the fortress for artillery, is still clearly traceable. In 1596, Elizabeth I refused to spend any money on the castle, and after the union of the English and Scots crowns in 1605 it slowly fell to decay. The ruins then passed through many hands until 1923, when they were placed in the care of the state.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Derelict, Disused 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 9064 4760 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:43.3036N 2:9.0342W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 90619 47624
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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