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By Philip_H
Almost completely intact, Aydon castle is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house. Set in a beautiful and secluded Northumberland woodland, it was originally built as an undefended residence, but was almost immediately fortified on the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish warfare. Nevertheless it was pillaged and burnt by the Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again occupied by Scots in 1346. The castle later became a farmhouse in the 17th century and was lived in up until 1966. It is now in the guardianship of English Heritage.

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Tags: Northumberland Castle Architecture Northumbria Archaeology English heritage Manor house Aydon Castle Aydon Fortified manor house English manor house

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2021 6:27PM
It's a good place, with a fascinating history. Robert de Reymes moved up from Suffolk to take advantage of low property prices. He installed a state-of-the-art kitchen, to impress the neighbours... As you say it was built for times of peace, with no thought to defence - if you look at the ground floor windows they are blocked with rubble, timber, whatever was immediately available. That's panic...
PCA 1 1 2 France
30 Jan 2021 11:35AM
An idyllic and very English scene wonderfully captured and processed.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2021 12:52PM
Excellent image, great location, and some fine shadows...
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