Alan H

Alan H

Posted on 07/20/2013


Photo taken on July  9, 2013


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Durham Castle

Durham Castle
The castle was originally built in the 11th century as a projection of the Norman king's power in the north of England, as the population of England in the north remained "wild and fickle" following the disruption of the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is an example of the early motte and bailey castles favoured by the Normans. The holder of the office of the Bishop of Durham was appointed by the King to exercise royal authority on his behalf, the castle was his seat.
It remained the bishop's palace for the bishops of Durham until the bishops made Auckland Castle their primary residence and the castle was converted into a college.
The castle has a large Great Hall, created by Bishop Antony Bek in the early 14th century. It was the largest Great Hall in Britain until Bishop Richard Foxe shortened it at the end of the 15th century. However, it is still 14 metres high and over 30 metres long.
Durham, North East England.

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John McKay
John McKay
Nice photo and an interesting story with it. Living in Canada limits our exposure to castles and old buildings in general, one reason why I like travelling.
4 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
Yes, Britain is an old country and many of these old buildings reflect the number of invasions and struggles there have been.
4 years ago.