Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Location: Northumberland  Co Map

Found: 5th century


Description of Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle Layout Plan

Bamburgh Castle was constructed on a picturesque basalt outcrop by the native Bretons in the 5th century.  The original name of the Bamburgh citadel was Din Guarie. Invading Anglo-Saxons under leadership of king Ida of Bernicia (died c. 559 AD) captured Bamburgh Castle in the middle of the 6th century during intermittent warfare with the native population. About this time the castle got its name of Bebbanburgh after Anglo- Saxon queen Bebba. The Bamburgh sword that you will in a castle museum date back to this period (7th century). It was found in 1960 by Brian Hope-Taylor during archeological excavation on a site. Vikings finally captured and destroyed the fortifications in 993.

Ruins of the former Bamburgh Castle were not abandoned for long. Due to strategic location Normans under William the Conquer rebuilt a castle in 1095 on the same location. It is still a major part of the structure we see today. The keep of Bamburgh Castle was built by Henry II and further renovations in the 18th and 19th century did little to change its overall fortifications.


Hauntings in Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is said to be haunted by several ghosts. One of these spirits is a figure of a woman in a green cloak. Many eye witnesses reported seeing her fall from the Bamburgh citadel walls. She disappears in the mid air just before she hits the ground.

Another full body apparition that is common in the area of Bamburgh Castle is that of a "Pink Lady". Locals claim that this Northumbrian Princess who fell in love with a common soldier. Her father, the king of the area, disapproved of their love and decided to send young man away to far lands to fight some pointless war. Shortly thereafter king lied to his daughter that her loved one fell in love with someone else and got married. Princess became depressed and start to avoid her family by taking long walks at the beach. Her father made her a pink dress to cheer her daughter up. Young princess put it, got on top of the tower and threw herself to the ground. Local legends claim that she returns every seven years, dressed in a same pink dress. She wanders down the walls of the castle waiting for her love to return.