Bamburgh Castle keep

A massive square structure and the oldest surviving part of the castle. Its construction began in 1164 when a sum of £4 is recorded for its erection. Stones quarried three miles away at North Sunderland were carried to Bamburgh on the backs of horses and men. Built by scaffolding to the first storey, the rest of the Keep was built by masons using "over-hand" work. This means the walls overhang a little at each side as they are wider at the bottom than the top.

Built to withstand attack, the Keep's massive walls are between three and four metres thick. Its bottle- shaped doorway allowed soldiers on horseback to enter at a gallop without dismounting.
307 views
Views by date
UnratedRate as 1Rate as 2Rate as 3Rate as 4Rate as 5Rate as 6Rate as 7Rate as 8Rate as 9Rate as 10

Categories

Comments

Policies

Please log in if you don't want to post anonymously (anonymous users cannot post links)

Please enable images and enter code to post
Reload
Share:

Comments

Policies

Please log in if you don't want to post anonymously (anonymous users cannot post links)

Please enable images and enter code to post
Reload