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Dunstanburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.8

Length: 243

Width: 153

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A distant view of the craggy ruin of Dunstanburgh castle in Northumberland on the coast. Its ruins are relatively sparse compared to Northumberland's other castles, and it is more modern than its condition suggests. It was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster in the 14th century on the site of former Roman and Iron Age settlements, and was altered by John of Gaunt in 1380-4. It later became a Lancastrian stronghold during the War of the Roses.

The second view is of Warkworth Castle, begun in the 12th century and held by the Earls of Northumberland. Like Dunstanburgh, Warkworth holds a very impressive position on a rocky spur, but this time overlooking the mouth of the River Coquet.

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