Bamburgh, The Castle 1954

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Caption for Bamburgh, the Castle 1954: In July 1333 Archibald, Lord Douglas led the Scottish army in a feint towards Bamburgh in the hopes of drawing the English away from Berwick which they were besieging. It failed, and the Scots had little alternative but to march directly to the aid of the beleaguered garrison. This particular siege of Berwick was ruthless. The castellan gave his two young sons to Edward III as hostages. Edward had inherited his grandfather's ruthless streak; he executed the young boys with neither compunction or compassion. The Scottish army clashed with the English at Halidon Hill and was routed. Berwick was forced to surrender.

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 1954: In July 1333 Archibald, Lord Douglas led the Scottish army in a feint towards Bamburgh in the hopes of drawing the English away from Berwick which they were besieging. It failed, and the Scots had little alternative but to march directly to the aid of the beleaguered garrison. This particular siege of Berwick was ruthless. The castellan gave his two young sons to Edward III as hostages. Edward had inherited his grandfather's ruthless streak; he executed the young boys with neither compunction or compassion. The Scottish army clashed with the English at Halidon Hill and was routed. Berwick was forced to surrender.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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