Lindisfarne Castle

It started as a fort built in 1550 and it was upgraded to a castle from 1570 to 1572. And over the ensuing centuries it was occupied on and off, and even used as a munitions store. Which actually was quite common for castles. Their solid stone walls offered protection from exploding munitions. At the turn of the 20th century is was purchased and renovated by a magazine mogul. And in 1944 it went into the British government trust where it is now cared for.

One of the remarkable things about this castle is how it is perched on a hill like that. It is a unique sight. That hill is called "Beblowe".

Holy Island is small and also has the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory which was a medieval monastery. And is also home to the Lindisfarne Mead. A company that has been making mead since 1962 at St. Aidens winery. (I have pictures and information about a 40 year old bottle of Lindisfarne mead if you would like to check it out. )

Interesting thing: To get to the island you have to traverse a causeway which is covered by water and impassable at certain times of the day. That is a perfect plot point for a movie! Our adventurer travels to the island then has to stay alive until the tide goes back down!

 

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Lindisfarne Castle - Lindisfarne Mead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne is more than a history, its a book of stories about the Holy Island and its people: their trials and tribulations, as well as their celebrations and successes, revealing how Lindisfarne and its people have coped with and adapted to change. The new book gives readers a feeling for the tiny island, which played such a large role in the history of England, plus a sense of its sacred enchantment.

 

 

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