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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century solar tower
On the first floor of the ruined tower you can clearly see a finely carved fireplace, suggesting a solar, or private chamber for the lord and his family. You can see buttresses which were built to support the weight of an elaborate system of vaulting, but the vault eventually collapsed under its own weight and part of the tower came down with it. The remains stand to about 10 metres high (roughly 35 feet).
Visiting Edlingham Castle
If the very word 'castle' conjurs up images of soaring batttlements and fairy princesses in your mind then you will probably be disappointed in Edlingham. It is not so much a castle as a fortified house complex belonging to a moderately well-off gentry family. It is interesting for what it is, not what it isn't! I found it fascinating, partly for the setting, which is wonderful, and for the combination of the church and castle, and also I was frankly amazed that the tower was still standing at all!
Address: Edlingham, Northumberland, England, NE66 2BW
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Located on a minor road off the B6341, about 7 miles SW of Alnwick. Free access.
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Edlingham, St John the Baptist Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse - 4.8 miles (Abbey)
Hulne Priory - 4.9 miles (Abbey)
Alnwick, St Michael's Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick - 5 miles (Museum)
Alnwick Castle - 5.1 miles (Castle)
Cragside - 5.2 miles (Historic House)
Cartington Castle - 5.5 miles (Castle)
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