Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle


Lindisfarne Castle, on Holy Island was built in 1550, using stones from the disused Lindisfarne Priory. It is a small castle, based on a Tudor Fort sitting on a hill called Beblowe. After the priory was suppressed the remains were used as a naval store and in 1542 Henry VIII , worried about possible Scottish invaders ordered the site to be fortified however, Beblowe Crag was not fortified until 1549. Elizabeth I ordered further work to be carried out and the fort was strengthened and gun platforms added. Although during reign of James VI the need for the castle declined a small garrison from Berwick remained to protect the harbour. In 1715 during the Jacobite Rising a small number of locals, supporting the Jacobites seized the castle but were soon captured and imprisoned. 

In 1860 Lime Kilns were built and lime burnt on the island until the start of the 20th century.




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