Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Northumberland Knowledge- Prudhoe Castle

Northumberland is one of the UK’s most historic counties, and there are so many fascinating stories to be told…

One of the jewels in the Hexham constituency, Prudhoe Castle, is a fantastic example of Northumberland’s past. Built in the 11th Century following the 1066 Norman conquest, the castle has been at the centre of many disputes over its ownership throughout its history, but was arguably most famously owned by the Percy family who took over the castle in 1398, and made many repairs and additions.

Prudhoe Castle is particularly remarkable because it was the only castle in Northumberland to resist the Scots when the head of the Umfraville family- then in ownership- refused to support William the Lion of Scotland in 1173, leading to a failed attempt by the Scottish army to take the castle.

Full of history and interesting stories, make sure to visit Prudhoe Castle this summer- it makes a brilliant day out for adults and children alike!