Rating: 8,3/10 (402 votes)The majestic ruins of this ancient castle sit on the rocky coastline between Ambleton and Craster. The castle was abandoned for five centuries, but some of the architectural elements have been preserved quite clearly. Among them is the entrance dungeon topped by a pair of circular towers. The castle was built in 1325 by the nephew of King Edward II, Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster. The remote location of the castle expressed the Earl's desire to protect himself from both the Scots and the king, with whom he had serious disagreements. For a short time Lancaster was even in power, but in 1318 he was ousted for inept rule. And in 1322 Thomas was executed for high treason. In the 1380s, the castle became the property of John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster and the son of Edward III. Dunstanburg has been extensively remodeled in order to keep the lord and the population safe from Scottish raids. A gate keep with a barbican was built in the castle, which was transformed into the main residential tower. An additional wall was placed behind him, separating his courtyard from the rest of the castle. Most of Gont's other buildings were completely destroyed, although the foundations of the outer wall still remain. During the War of the White and Scarlet Rose, this castle became the stronghold of the Lancaster party, but in 1464 it was surrendered. After that, the castle was not restored - it fell into decay and over time, almost completely destroyed.
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Topic: Dunstanburg Castle in Great Britain.