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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century Wark Castle
The castle stands on a natural mound called a kaim, formed by glacial deposit, looking down on the River Tweed. The castle motte is overgrown, with only remnants of stone walls standing. Most of the present village of Wark stands within the original castle bailey, or defensive enclosure. It is freely accessible and is located in the centre of the village, off the B6350.
The importance of Wark at a vital crossing of the Tweed led to it being granted a weekly market and an annual fair. Until the 19th century most of the residents worked at fishing, but in the late Victorian era coal and lime mining grew in importance, and after the railway arrived agricultural labouring grew in importance.
The most famous native of Wark was poet Robert Story, born here in 1795. Story, known as 'The Craven Poet', was the son of a farm labourer and worked as a gardener and shepherd before embarking on a career as a teacher. He worked as a minor civil servant in London before his poetry drew the attention of the Duke of Northumberland, who acted as his patron and financed publication of his works.
Address: Wark-on-Tweed, Northumberland, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: 15 miles south-west of Berwick Upon Tweed, on the B6350
Photo Credit: Walter Baxter, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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