Friday, 24 October 2014

Exploring Berwick // The Castle


Following on from my Exploring Berwick - Lowery Trail post, I though I'd take you on another mini tour of one of the other interesting spots in town, our castle. 
Thankfully it was another sunny day, considering the time of year and one of my oldest and best friends, Claire joined us again for a nice long walk and explore, for some quality time before my jetting off to Paris.
As a town that is known and described as a 'historical walled town', the walls are our most famous asset - described on Visit Northumberland as 'the only example of bastioned town walls in Britain and one of the best preserved examples in Europe.' - which seems to attract more holiday makers and visitors than the ruined, 12th century castle! 
It's a shame though because the history surrounding this area is rife and so here are a few snaps I took from our exploration and some facts to go along with them, enjoy.






The castle dates back to the 12th century when Scottish King David I founded it, however most of the remains are that of the castle which King Edward I (of England) fortified when he won the town from the Scottish in 1296.

This point ties into questions I get often about where the town actually is and who we belong to. We are indeed English and are the most northern town in England, within the brilliant county of Northumberland! Just as the above statement shows, the two countries have battled over ownership of our special little town and it has actually changed hands between the two no less than 13 times.

Unfortunately the beautiful castle is merely a few walls with a couple cells to look at now and in 1843 the North British railway contributed to it's state by demolishing a fair section in order to construct the current railway station.
A sign hanging above the main staircase as you descend onto the platforms actually informs us that the station actually built on the site of the Great Hall. You can read the sign here. You can also see part of the castle when standing on platform 2.

With a very eerie feel as you pass through the cell area, anyone who is paranormal-ly inclined would think that restless spirits reside within their depths. However this area has no ghostly presence.
Above on the ruined battlements and breakneck stairs however, there is said to be a haunting manifestation of a Scottish piper playing his bagpipes while he paces back and forth.







Another area that you would never tell had a dark past is one that you would assume to be the most creepy and haunted. As you follow the path up the hill to the left of the castle remains, you approach a gate and a lovely little park beyond with benches and flowers - this was the site of the old public hanging gallows.

And with that I will leave you until my next post! ;)


18 comments:

  1. I am determined I'm going to get myself to Berwick next year. Simon and I are going to invest in a couples railcard next year so we'll get loads of money off the trains when we travel together. There'll be no excuse then!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! No excuse! You guys will love it :)

      xo

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  2. Great photos! I love hearing ghost stories - though I would be terrified in that cell! Thanks for the follow - I've nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World award on my blog! Check out my questions here. Loving your Disney theme!
    Meg

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    1. Thank you! Yes me too, I'm hoping to get the book about Berwick Ghost stories...there's apparently a legend of a vampire too! haha
      Thanks so much for the nomination :D Can't wait to answer your questions.

      xo

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  3. Crazy to think how days of old were really lived.

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    1. I know huh?! I sometimes think I should of been born back then...

      xo

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  4. The castle is so beautiful but I definitely wouldn't go there at night waaaay too scary :P It's quite ironic that the pretty garden areas was actually where the gallows used to be. That makes it all the more interesting though!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Haha Nor me! I scream running through the tunnel past the cells as it is in broad daylight!
      It really is, but it's a fabulous story and I suppose, in a way, a nice tribute to those who lost their lives.

      xo

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  5. That place looks amazing. I love places with lots of interesting history. It's been forever since I've been anywhere like that. Though a lot of them aren't very wheelchair friendly anyway. I guess that wasn't important back in the day. xD

    Sara Bloo xo
    bloonstuff.com

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    1. If you like historical places, you really do need to visit Berwick! I have waaayyy more posts planned for this series. :)
      The walls and the castle are actually pretty wheelchair accessible too as long as theres someone to help with steep hills...!

      xo

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  6. Your photos are so good, it looks like such a beautiful place! I love looking around places with history and learning about people's stories who used to live there. Will have to make a note to visit next summer when it's a little warmer! :)

    I nominated you for the Liebster award too, the questions are over on my blog :) - http://www.amylous.co.uk/2014/10/the-liebster-award.html

    Love Amylou x

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    1. Aw thank you! Me too. Nothing quite like standing in a spot where kings have been centurys before - amazing.
      Definatly a place to visit, along with the surrounding areas like Holy Island and Bamburgh.
      Oh awesome! Thanks so much :D

      Xo

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  7. I've never appreciated how many historic buildings there are in Berwick. I can believe Berwick has changed countries 13 times, isn't there a campaign for Berwick to join Scotland again at the moment?

    Scottish Outlander

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    1. I know! Even the main street shops are beautiful old buildings when you look up. 13 times is crazy isnt it? Not at the moment...there was a little uproar a few years ago but hopefully things just stay as they are now.

      Xo

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  8. That's a shame that they demolished it just to make way for the train station!

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    1. It really is! I was there today to go to Newcastle and it made me a little sad passing that sign.

      Xo

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  9. Walks and castles = perfect. Gorgeous photos too :)

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    1. Super perfect! When I get another car there will be soo many more castles on here haha. Thank you!!!

      xo

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