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Warkworth Castle f.84

Warkworth Castle f.84

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.84

Length: 157

Width: 249

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of Warkworth Castle in Northumberland. The castle was originally built around 1140 for Henry, son of the Scottish King David and Earl of Northumberland, as a bulwark against the English royal power seen in the fortresses of Bamburgh and Newcastle. By the 14th century it had passed to the Percy family of nearby Alnwick.

The impressive keep, "one of the rare cases where the military engineer happened to be a great architect", was raised on the Norman motte, probably in the 1390s. It was repaired and partly re-roofed by the Victorians, but otherwise Warkworth remains much as Grimm drew it: a spectacular and complex ruined castle on the narrow neck of a loop in the River Coquet that encircles the little town in the shadow of the castle's walls.

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