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Photos of Harbottle Castle, Harbottle, Northumberland.

Harbottle Castle is now just a ruin but was once of great strategic importance.

The castle was built under the orders of Henry II to aid the defence of Northumberland. In 1296 it is reputed to have withstood attack from an army 40,000 strong of the Earls of Atholl and Montieth.

In Tudor times it was the residence of Lord Dacre and an historically important event took place in the castle. Henry VIII's sister gave birth to a daughter who went on to become the grandmother of James V1 of Scotland who became heir to the throne when Queen Elizabeth I died.

Much of the stone from which the castle was built was plundered for the building of local houses!

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Harbottle Castle and village seen from the Drake Stone.

Harbottle Castle and village seen from the Drake Stone.

 

Harbottle Castle

Another view from lower down the hill,

 

Harbottle Castle ruins.

Harbottle Castle ruins.

Harbottle Castle ruins.

Harbottle Castle ruins.

 

In 1546, Henry VIII took control of the castle and added an artillery fortress to the keep. You can still see two of the surviving gun loops.

On the north wall one of two surviving gun loops.

On the north wall one of two surviving gun loops.

 

View from one of the surviving gun loops.

View from one of the surviving gun loops.

 

View through one of the surviving gun loops.

View through one of the surviving gun loops.

 

The following photos were taken in November 2007

Harbottle Castle.

Harbottle Castle.

Harbottle Castle.

Harbottle Castle ruins seen from the approach footpath.

 

Part of the remains of the castle walls.

Part of the remains of the castle walls.

 

View from the castle over Harbottle towards Simonside Hills.

View from the castle over Harbottle towards Simonside Hills.

 

View towards the Drake Stone - which can be seen on the ridge to the left.

View towards the Drake Stone - which can be seen on the ridge to the left.

 

Looking down to the road from the castle.

Looking down to the road from the castle.

 

View towards Alwinton and the Cheviot Hills.

View towards Alwinton and the Cheviot Hills.

View towards Alwinton and the Cheviot Hills.

 

View towards the Cheviot Hills.

View towards the Cheviot Hills.

Another two views towards the Cheviot Hills.

 

View of the north facing remains.

 

Looking down on the River Coquet.

Looking down on the River Coquet.

Looking down on the River Coquet.

Looking down on the River Coquet.

 

Poem Stone

Poem Stone

Next to the castle car park is a stone with a poem about the castle written by a local girl.

 

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