Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle c.1960
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Dunstanburgh is the largest castle in Northumberland, built by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster; the licence to crenellate was granted shortly after the loss of Berwick to the Scots. The grandson of Henry III, Thomas was considered to be one of the greatest noblemen of his day. He was, however, fearful for the future. He had played a major role in the downfall of Piers Gaveston, Edward II's favourite and lover; Dunstanburgh was as much for his own protection as it was a defence against the Scots. In 1322, whilst on his way to Dunstanburgh, Thomas was captured by Edward's troops at Boroughbridge and later executed. The castle then became a royal fortress.

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i graham armstrong used to holiday in craster every year with my brother kevin, father john armstrong during late 1950's and early 60's. we all stayed at the sweet shop called nelsons on the harbour. many a good time was had by all!
Dunstanburgh Castle is one of my favourite places; my grandparents, George and Margaret, Armstrong lived in Dunston Square (just a field away from the castle) from 1952 until they both died in the 70's. We lived in Bedlington and went to visit them every summer holidays for a week. It used to take 3 buses and nearly a whole day to get there! My grandad and uncle Geordie worked on the farm and my brother, myself and ...see more