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posted 05-18-2002 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
Does anything remain of the castle itself? When was it 'New'? How was it destroyed?What did it look like? Please help.I'm extremely curious. Thanx.


posted 05-19-2002 07:53 AM           Edit/Delete Message
The Romans had a fort here, and in the 11th C
Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror was instructed to build a castle. He used the old Roman site to construct a motte and bailey castle to guard the lowest crossing point of the Tyne, which at that time represented the border with Scotland.
The castle was developed in stone in the 12thc, the keep costing an inordinate 911.
Over the years it was expanded, modernised and developed. In the 19thc much rubble and stone were cleared from the site to provide space for, amongst other things a new courthouse. At this time the keep was deteriorating, and was re-roofed. It along with some scant portions of the curtain wall and the south postern remain.
You can see a Lego representation of the keep at http://www.end.com/~jynx/castle/
and the real thing @
www.graeme-peacock.com/ d_photographs/d-05.htm

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[This message has been edited by Gordon (edited 05-19-2002).]

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posted 05-19-2002 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
Cheers, Gordon. That was brilliant!


posted 05-19-2002 01:12 PM           Edit/Delete Message
If you can get a hold of Bastions and Belligerants, by John F Dodds (see book nook)
you'll get a whole lot more. His entry for Newcastle is pretty thorough.

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