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Bamburgh Castle f.177

Bamburgh Castle f.177

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15542

Item number: f.177

Length: 284

Width: 245

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

View of Bamburgh (or Bamborough) Castle, situated dramatically on a cliff top on the North Coast in Northumberland. In this drawing the square Norman Keep can be seen in close-up. There was previously an Anglo-Saxon fort on the site, but the Normans built the stone building that is now recognisable as the castle. Although the castle was besieged many times, for centuries it remained uncaptured until the Wars of the Roses (1453-1486). From the late 16th century until the mid-18th century the castle belonged to the Forster family, but upon their bankruptcy it was sold off to the Bishop of Durham, Lord Crewe.

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