Saturday, 22 August 2009

Alnwick Castle

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The castle dates back to 1096 and was built to defend the northern English border against Scottish invaders. It has withstood several sieges . It was bought in 1309 By Henry de Percy and has been owned by the Percy family, the Earls and later the Dukes of Northumberland ever since. The Percy family have played a significant part in the history of England fighting for and against the reigning Monarchs on various occasions.
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The castle is open to the public during the summer. After Windsor Castle it is the second largest inhabited castle in England; it has featured in several movies, most notably in recent time as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter series.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks - didn't know this one. Might be worth a trip sometime next week before the kids go back to school. They love visiting castles and really enjoyed Skipton Castle recently. And the HP connection will make it even more interesting, I'm sure!

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