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Wark Castle (Carham)

Remains of Wark Castle, Carham. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Remains of Wark Castle, Carham. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

These are the ruins of Wark Castle. An early 12th century motte and bailey stood on the east end of a gravel ridge, cut off from it by a deep ditch. It was refortified in 1158 and by the early 13th century an eight-sided shell keep was built, and towers and a gatehouse were added. Most of the castle was demolished in 1549. All that remains is the motte and some of the keep walls. In the 16th century a large earthwork platform for artillery was built. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

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Reference number:N688
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1967; R W Emsley
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Wark-on-Tweed Castle Survey 1992; RCHME
FIELD SURVEY, Wark Castle Archaeological Recording 1997; NEWCASTLE CITY ARCHAEOLOGY UNIT
TRIAL TRENCH, Dovecot Hilltop, Wark-on-Tweed 1998; The Archaeological Practice
WATCHING BRIEF, Tweed Bank Cottage annexe, Wark on Tweed 2001; BERNICIA ARCHAEOLOGY
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION, Till Tweed National Mapping Programme 2003; English Heritage
HERITAGE ASSESSMENT, Land at Wark-on-Tweed, west of Kaim Cottage 2013; Northern Archaeological Associates

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Carham

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