A fortified site since the 8th century, the Norman castle at Bamburgh was besieged in 1095 by William II. Unable
to take the fortress from Robert de Mowbray, third Earl of Northumberland, William headed south, leaving the
prosecution of the siege to others. Mowbray attempted to escape, but was captured. His wife only surrendered
Bamburgh after her husband had been paraded before the walls under threat of having his eyes torn out.
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 could never spot a scar between the wrinkles I doubted the veracity of this tale. It was however ...see more
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 to wash up on the beach. We were one of the few families that had a phone because of his job. It ...see more
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