Castles, Ruins and Old Buildings - Gary Cook

Lindisfarne Castle Bedroom

Lindisfarne Castle bedroom. The holy Island of Lindisfarne, just off the coast of the far north east of England, can only be reached along a causeway that is infamous for sweeping cars away with the advancing tide. The island has an ancient history stretching back to the dawn of Christianity in the British Isles. But the Island also has a long history of warfare. Positioned close to the Scottish border, it has been the scene of countless battles and invasions, not just by the English and Scots, but also from Viking raids. In the 16th century King Henry VIII ordered the island to be fortified against possible invasion by the Scots, and the Castle seen here was the center of those fortifications. Sadly, the reformation ordered by King Henry VIII destroyed the monastery on the island, first by using the former monks’ home as a naval store, and later through plunder of the stone used for its construction. But the Island castle survives and this is one of the smaller bedrooms overlooking the sea. It’s beautifully tranquil and I wonder how many families have gazed out to sea from these windows over the centuries?