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This is the keep of Warkworth Castle; it is cross-shaped and crowns a hilltop, rising steeply above the River Coquet, and dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland.

The castle's most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its climax under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son 'Harry Hotspur', hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV'.

Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent 'kingmakers' both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths.

Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century.

It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.

We were lucky enough to witness a Medieval Festival, whilst we were there and were able to watch archery practices, infantry practices, shoe making, candle making and a whole host of relevant artisan skills.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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