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