Castles, Medievalists and the Sea: Northumbria Day Two

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Day two of the Northumbria trip started at Yeavering, an Anglo Saxon Royal settlement, that is written about in Bede’s History. It was a fascinating stop as Roger Miket, who works for the Gefrin Trust.

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Roger gave us an in depth discussion of the site, so although, like many excavated sites, there is not much to see on the ground it was fascinating to see where such an important and interesting site was situated.

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We also paced out the Great Hall that was at the site. I have always know it was one of the largest Anglo-Saxon buildings, but I had not fully realized how huge it really was (Photos by Chris R, as I was too busy being the South West post hole!)

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Next was the Maelmin heritage trail, a site also associated with Bede, but currently home to several reconstructions.

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Apparently this is a ‘Dark Age’ House…. whenever that was.

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But it also housed a wooden henge. This was a particularly good way to spend the solstice.

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Next stop, Bambugh Castle. The King of Castles, apparently.

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Which with this imposing view was easy to see why it is so-called.

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The rooms are all done up by the current owners of the castle, some who still inhabit parts of the fortress.

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Rude picture detail on some armor.

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Quite a bizarre, but interesting collection of things.

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I’m not exactly sure how it is ironic that the current armory was originally a Norman chapel, but I particularly like number three on this list, I would never have guessed that weapons could be used in anger.

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Chris R. asked for me to take a picture of him looking out the window, looking stoic. I tried my best.

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A reflection of me in the secret stair case.

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A bit of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture, which was used to recreate this:

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Northumbria’s Royal Throne.

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Not fully convinced.

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Bamburgh looks over the North Sea.

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Sarah and Cannon.

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Bex.

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Girls at lunch.

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But then we met up with Graeme Young, of the Bamburgh Research Project, who told us about the Anglo-Saxon excavations of the site. Which has an interesting history and is an incredibly well funded archeological dig that has been going for many years.

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Anglo-Saxon gate.

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Trench 1.

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We then headed to St. Aidan’s Dunes, another site with early medieval connections as St. Aidan was an early insular missionary who came through Northumbria and founded the monestary at Lindisfarne.

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But really we all just wanted to stop at the beach…No learning here.

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Bex frolics.

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PhD girls.

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Shells.

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Behold! Nerds on the Beach.

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Our last stop was at Warkworth castle, one of the Castles associated with the Percy family and having a 14th century keep.

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Here the weather cooled and we strolled through the site, all a bit fatigued with exposure to new things.

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Grass and flowers through the stones.

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It was a fabulous trip, and I am so glad to have now been to see so many lovely things.

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