We were unable to get inside the castle as it was closed for refurbishment, so this photograph from Pixabay shows the scope of the building. I had never seen a castle complete with figures on the turrets before.
This is also a stately home, and has been the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 14th century. The castle has been used as a location in many TV series and movies, including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey Christmas Specials, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Mary, Queen of Scots.
It was just by chance we found this tiny little hamlet of Edlingham, which comprises only a small group of houses and sits in a beautiful valley. I love finding unexpected treasures like this. Included in this out of the way place is the medieval 11th century church of St John the Baptist. According to the information booklet in the church, there were earlier wooden structures on the site but the first stone building took shape during the year 1000.
Sometimes it’s nice to see the basic and unpretentious structure without all the opulence and wealth associated with the church in later years. Continue reading