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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: 010347.dd.1

Item number: 1

Length: 9

Width: 12.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“Then the crow swoops down on Alnwick, standing square and defiant, like a thing of yesterday, on a gentle slope shelving to the Alne. Pure and smooth looks the moor-stone in its battlements, and yet the castle has stood the buffets of centuries, and has been battered by Scotch cannon and crimsoned with Scotch blood; rebel powder has blackened it, and military engines have stormed at it. It was built by Eustace Fitzjohn, a friend of Henry the First, and an adherent of the Empress Maud. He surrendered the new brick fortress to the Scotch king to hold it against Stephen. This same staunch partisan, Eustace, was eventually shot through by an arrow at the siege of Barnard Castle. Alnwick was through all the centuries a resting-place for kings. John came here, and angered the northern barons by his licentious insolence, and Edward the Third, and Henry the Fourth, and Queen Margaret, and Edward the Fourth. Several of these monarchs, indeed, earned their lodging by first capturing the castle, which has a Shakespearean interest from its connexion with the chivalrous Hotspur.”

Text by Walter Thornbury from the book ‘A Tour Round England’

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