Alan H

Alan H

Posted on 06/15/2013


Photo taken on July  8, 2012


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Newcastle Keep

Newcastle Keep
The Castle is a medieval fortification in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, which gave the City of Newcastle its name. The most prominent remaining structures on the site are the Castle Keep, the castle's main fortified stone tower, and the Black Gate, its fortified gatehouse.
Use of the site for defensive purposes dates from Roman times, when it housed a fort and settlement called Pons Aelius, guarding a bridge over the River Tyne. In 1080, a wooden motte and bailey style castle was built on the site of the Roman fort, which was the 'New Castle upon Tyne'. It was built by Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror. The stone Castle Keep was built between 1172 and 1177 by Henry II on the site of Curthose's castle. The Black Gate was added between 1247 and 1250 by Henry III.
Newcastle, North East England.
July 2012.

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John McKay
John McKay
I like old buildings and most other old things, maybe because I'm old. ha-ha! Thanks for the history lesson to go along with interesting photo. I had an old uncle from Newcastle upon Tyne, who lived in my hometown of Victoria BC, Canada, a city with a large British influence dating back to the days of explorer Captain James Cook. Vancouver Island came to the attention of Britain after the third voyage of Captain James Cook, who spent a month during 1778 at Nootka Sound, on the island's western coast. Cook claimed it for the United Kingdom. The island's rich fur trading potential led the fur-trader John Meares to set up a single-building trading post near the native village of Yuquot (Friendly Cove), at the entrance to Nootka Sound. The building was removed by the end of 1788. Our city is known as a 'Little Bit of Olde England" and tea and crumpets served at the glorious Empress Hotel at our Inner Harbour are a 'must' for visitors to experience.
4 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
Sounds an interesting place. I haven't been to Victoria but I have been to Vancouver and was surprised what a 'British feel' it had about it - even the weather is similar.
4 years ago.