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Aydon Castle

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Aydon Castle is about 42 miles east of Carlisle, 18 miles west of Newcastle, 3 miles north of the town of Corbridge in northern England.

The Castle is normally visited by people also visiting Hadrian's Wall, as it is about 3 miles northeast of Corbridge Roman Town. The Castle is run by English Heritage.

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The image top is from the walk up to the Castle from the Car Park.

The second image is from inside the fortified walls of Aydon Castle, with the visitor centre on the left, and farm buildings from the 1700s on the right.

The third image is of Aydon Castle from the Orchard Gardens.

This is claimed to be one of the finest examples of a 1200s English manor house with the earliest parts built for Hugh de Reymes in 1296.

The house had to be fortified in 1305, after the Wars of Scottish Independence, 1296–1328, led to the Scots gradually take control of Scotland, and begin raiding Northern England.

The son Robert de Reymes, had fought for the English in Scotland at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298, where William Wallace was defeated by Edward I.

The Castle was captured and set on fire by the Scottish forces of Robert the Bruce in 1315, then attacked by English raiders two years later, looking to take any valuables from the Castle.

Aydon Castle was again captured by the Scottish in 1346, this time by the forces of Robert the Bruce's son David II, during the second War of Scottish Independence, 1332–1357.

The Castle was used as a Farmhouse from the 1700s with farm buildings erected within the outer defensive walls.

The last residence left in 1966, leading to the building being restored to its Medieval origins to serve as a tourist attraction.

The bottom images are of the interior of Aydon Castle. There are a number of rooms to explore, giving a good sense of what life was like for the wealthy many centuries back.

The Great Hall would have been where the owners would entertain other wealthy guests.

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