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Medieval England. Alnwick Castle guards a road crossing the River Aln. Yves de Vescy, Baron of Alnwick, erected the first parts of the castle in about 1096. It was built to protect England's northern border against the Scottish invasions and border reivers. The castle was first mentioned in 1136 when it was captured by King David I of Scotland. It was besieged in 1172 and again in 1174 by William the Lion, King of Scotland and William was captured outside the walls during the Battle of…

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Tynemouth Priory Oratory, Tyne & Wear, England, UK. Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The Priory was founded early in the 7th century, perhaps by Edwin of Northumbria. -- by geoff-e, via Flickr

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The Lindisfarne Gospels - 8th century illuminated manuscript produced on Lindisfarne, Northumberland by Eadfrith.

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Bamburgh Castle Northumberland. Bamburgh Castle is probably the finest castle in England. It is perched on a basalt outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh, Northumberland. It commands stunning views of the Farne Islands, Holy Island and land' ward to the Cheviot hills.

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