Road Trip 13 Alnwick Castle 2
The history of Alnwick Castle can be read here:
But who is that?
Do these wands in various woods give you a clue?
You have until the end of this post.
Another statue of Harry Hotspur.
Click to read.
It is set in a humble triangular area between the Knight’s Quest courtyard and the Guest Hall Courtyard.
I wonder if this was guest accommodation for the less fancy guests?
But we will go through to the Knight’s Quest courtyard.
This area is for children with a covered over area all round.
There is a chance to be a king or queen.
A child could let their imaginations run wild here.
Craft tables set up for a later activity.
They can dress the part.
If they get overexcited…. 🙂
There is a Dragon Quest they can try.
But let us explore more of the castle. This is the Barbican linking the town and castle. See the rings of the floor? It meant that in a time of battle these beams could be removed so no horse and rider could come this way, let alone a wheeled battering ram.
View from the other side.
The Medieval Castle. Click to read.
Some areas are closed to visitors, but this went up to the battlements, so men could come down these steps and fight.
Click to read about the turn-coat 4th Earl of Northumbria.
Some of these narrow entrances meant that you could be trapped and arrows could fall on you.
Slots like this could contain a portcullis (metal grid raised and lowered), or even be used to pour pitch onto an enemy.
This window has a metal bar in front of it. The loop above I think is an old bell pull, so whoever was summoned could see who it was before opening the door.
We are back to the Outer Bailey now.
Did you guess that it was a teacher of Flying? It was a lot of fun seeing the little ones doing races with their brooms.
I can just about squeeze in the pics of the Fusiliers Museum.
Which brings the warfare link of the castle to the present day.
It is housed in the Abbots Tower.
But you would like to see the rest of the castle wouldn’t you?
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