Castle In Simonburn, Northumberland
Originally envisaged as a motte and bailey, Simonburn Castle was eventually a tower house before falling into ruin.
It may just look like a pile of stone covered in grass, but there is some history surrounding it.
On the junction of two streams, Castle Burn and Hopshield Burn, Simon de Senlis, 4th Earl of Huntingdon decided to build a motte and bailey in 1136. However due to heading off to battle, he never completed.
Fast forward to 1291 and a 4 storey tower house was built here by a chap called Henry Graham, before passing to Adam Swinburne and then finally to the Heron family in 1358. The Heron's lived here until 1550 when they decided to head over to Chipchase Castle, leaving Simonburn Castle unoccupied and finally ruinous.
You can see that not much of the tower exists now with just the vaulted ground floor remaining with nature slowly reclaiming it.
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Coming out of the car park, with St Mungo's in front of you, head right until you get to a juntion and then head left up Castle Lane past the tea rooms. After around 400m you will come to a small bridge and take the left path just after it. The castle is around 100m up this path.
Place contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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