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This is a shot of Lindisfarne Castle. I took this from the rocky beach stood amidst many of these old, weather worn, wooden posts. Theyare the remnants of what was an old pier. I included them just to give some sense of depth and scale.

The castle was built in 1550 around the time that Lindisfarne Priory went out of use, and stones from the priory were used as the building material. It is more of a fort than a castle givn it's small size, which in part is determined by the fact that it sits on the highest point of the island, a whinstone hill called Beblowe.

Lindisfarne's position in the North Sea made it vulnerable to attack from Scots and Vikings and by Tudor times it was clear there was a need for a stronger fortification. This resulted in the creation of the fort on Beblowe Crag between 1570 and 1572 which forms the basis of the present castle.

In the eighteenth century the castle was occupied briefly by Jacobite rebels, but was quickly recaptured by soldiers from Berwick. In later years the castle was used as a coastguard look-out and became something of a tourist attraction.

In 1901, it became the property of Edward Hudson, a publishing magnate and the owner of Country Life magazine. He had it refurbished in the Arts and Crafts style by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was Lutyens who used upturned disused boats as sheds at the castle. These sheds can be seen in my previous posts. Spanish architect Enric Miralles used Lutyens' upturned herring boats as an inspiration for his design of the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.

Enjoy.

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