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Bywell Castle & Village

Bywell is one of Northumberland’s secrets. The small cluster of fascinating buildings is set on a level, tree-fringed 'haugh' and swept on three sides by the Tyne – the river that has proved both defender and destroyer.

Though now little more than a hamlet with a stately home, Bywell has a long history. There is shadowy evidence of Roman occupation in the area. We are on firmer ground with the recorded consecration of a bishop from the Lindisfarne community here in 803, which implies the existence of an important Saxon church and, almost certainly, a monastery.

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