Brinkburn Priory is tucked away in a woodland setting by the river, in the Coquet valley, Northumberland. Founded in the reign of Henry I as an Augustinian priory during the 1100s. Despite the quite remote location the Priory was frequently subjected to Scottish raids. It was one of the first monasteries to be closed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution in 1536.
The north entrance is a mixture of Norman and Early English architecture
Built in the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a headland which, according to records, could have been occupied in the prehistoric age. It’s seen lots of fighting, between the English and Scots and during the Wars of the Roses. It’s interesting to note where the name comes from – burgh translates to ‘the fort’, dun to ‘of the town’ and stan is ‘by the rock’.
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