Old engraving print 18th C, Lindisfarn Castle, Northumberland

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Old engraving print 18th C, Lindisfarn Castle, Northumberland,  1770 approx. 10 x 8 ins. Very good condition.

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Old engraving print Lindisfarn Castle, Northumberland, credit Antiche Curiosità©

 

Old engraving print 18th C, Lindisfarn Castle, Northumberland,  1770 approx. 10 x 8 ins. Very good condition.

 

One of the most photographed castles in England, and for good reason, Lindisfarne Castle rises from a high outcrop of basalt as if it was a natural, organic part of the rock. Though it looks every inch a perfect medieval fortress, Lindisfarne is actually a sympathetic 20th century restoration of a Tudor fort.

To understand the castle you have to understand the history of Holy Island itself. This tidal island is joined to the mainland by a long causeway, accessible only at low tide. Sometime in the 7th century St Cuthbert established a monastery here, which over time became a great centre of learning. A series of Viking raids led the monks of Lindisfarne to flee, taking the shrine of St Cuthbert with them. The saint would eventually end up at Durham Cathedral, and after the Norman Conquest the cathedral re-established a monastic presence here in the form of Lindisfarne Priory, home to the Benedictine order…
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