Friday, 13 January 2012

Morpeth to Mitford (and back again)

The Morpeth to Mitford walk starts at Morpeth Castle, of which only the Gatehouse remains. The original Morpeth Castle was a wooden stockade with a secure enclosed area (motte and bailey) and dated from the 11 century. It was situated on ‘Haw Hill’ but destroyed by King John in 1216. In the 1340’s a new stone castle was built in the original enclosed bailey.
In1516 Margaret, sister of Henry VIII and widow of James IV of Scotland, stayed in the Castle for four months as she fled Scotlandand her enemies. In 1644, 500 Lowland Scots held the Castle for Parliament for 20 days against 2700 Royalists.

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