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 Castles of England - Aydon Castle






Location
near Aydon, Northumberland, England

Description
Aydon Castle is located near the town of Corbridge, Northumberland, where it stands in a secluded woodland setting next to the steep valley of the Cor Burn. The castle is naturally defended by the slope to the Burn on one side, and has curtain walls on the other. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building. The castle is now managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.

History
Aydon Castle is a fortified manor house. It was built by Robert de Reymes in 1296. It was originally built as an undefended two-storey home with a solar, dining hall and kitchen on the upper floor. In 1305 de Reymes obtained a licence to crenellate his property and added battlements and curtain walls. Aydon was captured by the Scots in 1315 and again in 1346. The castle was renovated in the middle of the 16th century. In the 17th century it was converted into a farm, and remained in use as a farm until 1966. Since then, the castle has been restored.


Other Castles in the Area
  Belsay Castle, Northumberland
  Newcastle Castle Keep, Tyne and Wear
  Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland







Prudhoe Castle
Aydon Castle - northeast corner

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Prudhoe Castle
The courtyard of Aydon Castle

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Prudhoe Castle
The south wall of Aydon Castle

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Prudhoe Castle
Aydon Castle. The outer wall of this 13th century stone fortified manor house.

Photograph by Peter Brooks. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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