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June 2, 2012
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Aug 8, 2010, 9:59:31 AM
Guarding the conquered kingdom by BricksandStones Guarding the conquered kingdom by BricksandStones
This is a view of the 11th century Norman castle and cathedral in Durham (UK) which after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror became the capital of an autonomous Norman principality established north of York on the borderlands between England and Scotland. This borderland realm was ruled by prince-bishops residing in Durham castle and played an important role in the defense of Northern England. The famous Battle of Neville's Cross between Scotland and England was fought near the city in 1346. Medieval Durham was located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by river on three sides so that the castle guarded the only road leading to the cathedral which was a major pilgrimage site where St. Cuthbert, St. Oswald and venerable Bede (famous chronicler and historian) are buried. The whole complex was never breached by an assault and today, together with two preserved medieval bridges it is a UNESCO site with some of the best preserved monuments of 11th century Norman architecture in Britain (although in later centuries gothic elements like pinnacles and large windows with tracery were added). It is also site of the third oldest university in England founded by prince-bishops after Oxford and Cambridge. The castle today is inhabited by students and serves as a college. I have been told many scenes of the Harry Potter movie were filmed here.
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bobswin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Brilliant picture! I went by this on the train today and the sun was shining too (after a miserable winter)! :w00t:
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I envy you that you got to travel though Durham - I used to take that train fairly often on the way between Durham and York or Newcastle. I really miss the north.... it is such a unique place! If only Durham University would hire more archaeologists :)
GradyArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow you really captured it well. I really love historical castles and stoneworks.
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thank you! I am very glad you like it! inside the cathedral there is a memorial commemorating one of George Washington's ancestors who was a dean of Durham's cathedral chapter (if I remember correctly) in the 16th C....Anyway, thank you once again for the comment - I appreciate it!
TwouldStrainBelief Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I live here :) nice shot
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
You do? You are very lucky then :) (at least in my humble opinion). I did my BA and MA in Durham and I have some great memories from there... Thank you for the comment, I am glad this photo cought your attention!
Steven-Chapman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
From where did you take this shot? I have a 3ft high 5ft wide print taken in circa 1950 of this exact viewpoint but cant quite pinpoint it. Is it from the railway station bank?

This is fantastic!
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Hi! Sorry for late response, I took it from a viewing platform located next to the main road from the railway station to the city's centre (north road). A lot of people make photos there so mine is not very original but the view is quite beautiful. I am glad you like it and thank you for taking your time to comment!
calimer00 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Great light, scene and composition. Certeinly an exciting place to live and study - amidst walls which bear the history of hundreds and hundreds of years. I would not be suprised if this place would have been used as a film set...
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I am really glad you like the composition and light. Thank you! There are a lot of photos like this available online and certainly many of them are better than mine but I am quite happy with the light here…Also, thank you for taking your time to write a comment. I honestly appreciate this! If you are interested how the cathedral looks inside you can have a look at the concert which sting gave in Durham cathedral some time ago. Just type Sting in Durham in youtube or google. Anyway, once again thank you and sorry for late reply!
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