Prudhoe Castle is part of English Heritage, which mainly manages ruins. I'm not generally as interested in ruins as I am in stately homes, which is why we belong to the National Trust instead.
Charlotte is growing by leaps and bounds, as children do. She seemed much more comfortable around us, not nearly as shy.
I didn't read the sign that described the castle, I just snapped a photo. No idea if I took pictures of the pertinent bits mentioned.
"This 12th century stronghold of the D'Umfravilles and Percys was the seat of the barony of Prudhoe. It has a turbulent history and is famous as the only castle in the north never to be taken by the Scots.
It has moat, a fine gateway and a Georgian manor house built on the site of the medieval buildings.
The chapel above the gateway contains the earliest known oriel window in England.
|Georgian manor house|
Northumberland tenant yeomanry were based at the castle and ammunition kept there until 1814.
|Inside the chapel...nope I missed that oriel window!|
During the Napoleonic wars the house was occupied by William Laws who was the southern commissioner for the Duke of Northumberland.
|I love stairs that go nowhere.|
At about this time the house was rebuilt by the architect David Stephenson (teacher of the great Newcastle architect John Dobson) and became the Georgian Manor house you can see today.
|The other end of the chapel|
The road to your right leads you to an old bridge which has on one side a rounded arch and on the other side a pointed arch.
Ahead of you lies Orchard Hill, for centuries the castle's orchard. In 1174 King William of Scotland invaded England and having failed to capture the castle wreaked vengeance by laying waste to the surrounding area and even stripping the bark from the apple trees.
|The old millhouse|