Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Antiques and Old things


Naworth Castle
On Sunday, which luckily happened to be a beautiful day, we drove west to Naworth Castle near Brampton. Normally it is not open to visitors, but Sunday was the last day of a Three Day Antique and Fine Art Fair, which is not the kind of event that regularly has me beating at the doors. But since my wip features both castle and owner, I couldn't stay away.

So, through the archway, once the gate in a curtain wall that no longer exists, straining my neck back to look up at the armourial bearings on the wall above. I would swear there's a squirrel seating atop the helmet. Going through, its more of a tunnel than an archway, and about ten or twelve feet long. There's a small wooden door on the left, and a glance to the left show that there was once access to what was presumably a guard room overlooking the entry.

From here we can look up at the facade of the castle proper, and see one or two people disappearing through the doorway that has a smaller shield set in the lintel. I notice how different the stone is in colour to the stone in the eastern side of the country. This is a delicious soft red shading down to brown and pink and grey. The grey reflects the sunlight, so the overall effect is light, pretty and fawnish pink.

Will be continued tomorrow. (I haven't checked yet with this new version of blogger, but I hope clicking on the pictures gives an enlarged view.)



2 comments:

Tom Moss said...

Hi to all Jen's followers.
It was interesting for me to see this post as I have recently started to follow Jen at about the same time that I wrote a post on my blog about Leonard Dacre who lived at Naworth castle in the late 16th century. It might be of interest,
Regards,
Tom Moss.

Here is the post:

http://wwwborderreiverstories-neblessclem.blogspot.com/2011/08/english-tudor-history-border-reivers.html

Jen Black said...

Hi Tom,
I'll go over to your blog right away!