Aydon Castle is a 13th century manor house situated close to Corbridge. Secluded behind the woods and beside farm buildings, this is a well preserved building for it’s age.
Reading it’s history I was surprised by it’s resilience. It survived wars, was used as a farmhouse and it was abandoned. It is said that this is an almost complete example of a well fortified 13th century manor house.
But when I entered this building, I was disappointed to see it a bit unloved and it feels very lonely inside. Looking around I thought that this place is a perfect blank canvas for institutions like the English Heritage who manage it to show what life was like in those days. Considering it’s a castle, were there any knights here? Maybe kitting out the kitchen with a medieval one?
There is a lot that can be done to make this a really interesting place to visit.
I love this orchard. Imagine the lady of the house in those days, maybe she’ll have a herb or flower gardens…
If you are into historical romances, this is the sort of castle where the lady lives a quiet life, close enough to trouble and fighting and small enough less formal living. Great halls with large, solid table at the centre and raised table for the lord and lady of the manor. A rustic kitchen with big fireplace and sweet scented herbs and a room for the ladies and other women to do embroidery or whatever craft is done in those days. Even the latrine will be interesting to the curious kids if fitted to show what it was like.
Refitted for an imaginary family in those day with a view of practicality, Aydon Castle’s got the makings of a very romantic location for small weddings and other historical events – with it’s great hall, the orchard, the battlements and the courtyard.
English Heritage, please give this beautiful manor house another lease of life (even imaginary) and not just an empty place in the countryside.