Saturday Snapshot – Newcastle’s Castle

A few Saturdays ago I posted photos of Newcastle uponTyne’s bridges. Today here are some more photos I took on that grey, gloomy day. This time they are of Newcastle’s Castle Keep and Black Gate.

Our first sight of the castle was as it appeared behind the railway line:

The Castle was was built in stone during the reign of Henry II, between 1168 and 1178, at a cost of £1,144. There was an earlier castle on the site, a wooden motte and bailey castle built by William the Conqueror’s son, Robert Curthose. This was replaced by the stone castle – hence the name of Newcastle! It stands high above the River Tyne – Newcastle upon Tyne.

This is the Castle Keep, which is the only remaining part of the 12th century Castle:

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is open to the public, but we didn’t have time that day to go inside. On our next visit to Newcastle, we will make time to have a proper look at the Castle Keep!

The Gatehouse to the Castle is still standing – the Black Gate. It was added to the Castle site in 1247 by Henry III.  The wooden footbridge was originally a drawbridge.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.

15 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot – Newcastle’s Castle”

  1. I am so thrilled at the sight of castles. Not only because of the historic events surrounding them, but the beauty that seems to render me speechless.

    My eldest son lived in an old 16th C. castle outside of Prague during the late 1990s. In exchange for living there, he and several others worked on the restoration. He also took lots of photos. (He’s a photographer).

    He did say that the castle was VERY cold, but he did enjoy the experience.

    Thanks for sharing, Margaret….

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  2. It’s amazing to think how long the castle has been there and of the men and women who walked it’s halls! Thrilling. I love the look of the Gatehouse. I’m glad it’s taken care of and kept up.

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  3. What exactly is a castle keep? I read about them all the time but never thought to wonder what they are.

    The photograph, with its juxtaposition of new and old, is a little unnerving. Thankfully the castle was judged valuable enough to preserve.

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