Visit Prudhoe and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Prudhoe, Northumberland. Prudhoe and Ovingham occupy opposite banks of the River Tyne, with a narrow iron bridge connecting them across the wide river bottom.
Prudhoe is the bigger and more industrial community. It consists mostly of long terraces of houses on the steep river bank as well as much new housing. But on a wooded spur overlooking the Tyne, is Prudhoe Castle. It has been taken over from the Duke of Northumberland by the Ministry of Public Building and Works and is to be opened to the public. Prudhoe (proud hill) was built by the d'Umfravilles as an earthwork defence about 1150, with a stone curtain wall and keep added in the late 12th century. It was strengthened further in the 13th century and came into the hands of the Percys in 1381. Its substantial remains include an almost perfect 14th-century barbican, a long stretch of curtain wall and a splendid gatehouse. Above the latter is a chapel with the oldest oriel window in England, it is believed. A second-story chamber has its original chimney and battlements. The castle never fell until Oliver Cromwell knocked down the tower with cannon fire.
A Georgian house was built in the inner courtyard. There is a legend that a lady walks in the corridors, but the caretaker has never seen her. There is another that Prudhoe is connected to Bywell Castle, miles away by a secret underground passage.
A walk l½ miles West brings you to Newminster Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian monastery site. It was the daughter of Fountains Abbey and the mother of Roche.
Nearby cities: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nearby towns: Blyth, Consett, Cramlington, Hexham
Nearby villages: Annfield Plain, Aydon, Blaydon, Burnopfield, Chollerford, Corbridge, Derwent Haugh, Dinnington, Dipton, Ebchester, Harlow Hill, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Ingoe, Leadgate, Lemington, Lintz Green, Matfen, Mickley, Newburn, Newlands, Ovingham, Oxhill, Ponteland, Pontop, Riding Mill, Rowlands Gill, Ryal, Scotswood, Shield Row, Shotley Bridge, South Moor, Stagshaw Bank, Stamfordham, Stanley, Stocksfield, Swalwell, Tanfield, Throckley, Wall Houses, Wark, West Kyo, Whickham, Whittonstall, Winlaton, Woolsington, Wylam
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- other Prudhoe accommodation