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 at Lindisfarne 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 time passes and the surviving Castle became a private home, being purchased by the publishing magnate Edward Hudson in 1901. Since 1944 the castle has been in the hands of the British National Trust and is usually open for tourist visits daily. The image here was taken in the Castle dining room, laid out just as it was used in the early 1900’s.
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