Bamburgh, The Castle 1954

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Caption for Bamburgh, the Castle c1955: Bamburgh also holds the distinction of being the first castle to be breached by gunfire. During the Wars of the Roses Bamburgh was besieged by the Yorkists in 1461 and again in 1464. The latter siege was conducted by Edward IV, who deployed two large cannon. However it should be pointed out that the garrison was already on the point of surrendering, having eaten the last of their horses.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Bamburgh


When dad got out of Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War he took a job as a coastguard and was stationed at Bamburgh. The coastguard lookout was on the east side of the castle and a great deal of his duties in those days was to keep us kids away from washed up mines and great globs of crude oil that used (...Read full memory)

Visiting the Grace Darling Musuem, then her grave in the churchyard opposite, was an annual event while on holiday on the Northumberland coast. Peering through the bars around the tomb I was often reminded of how my grandmother had pulled herself up, slipped and put a metal spike through the base of her chin. As I (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Bamburgh, the Castle c1955: Bamburgh also holds the distinction of being the first castle to be breached by gunfire. During the Wars of the Roses Bamburgh was besieged by the Yorkists in 1461 and again in 1464. The latter siege was conducted by Edward IV, who deployed two large cannon. However it should be pointed out that the garrison was already on the point of surrendering, having eaten the last of their horses.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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