With the third season of The Last Kingdom recently released on Netflix, this adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling Saxon novel series about 'Uhtred of Bebbanburg' has proved extremely popular. We thought we’d share a little of the turbulent history of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh) and some of the other Northumbrian places featured in the novels. All the places mentioned below are within easy driving distance of all of our self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland, so why not visit the locations whilst holidaying in Northumberland and soak up the rich history and striking scenery of our amazing county?
Bebbanburg, now known as Bamburgh, is the original home of the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Cornwell is thought to have based this main character upon Uhtred the Bold, who became the ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016 AD.
Bamburgh, is now an idyllic village with its iconic and imposing castle sitting majestically on a dolerite outcrop overlooking the stunning Northumberland coastline. Its history tells of a very important, turbulent and difficult past!
Once the site of a fort built by the native Britons, Bamburgh was thought to have become the capital of the British kingdom from about 420 AD to 547 AD when it was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Ida of Bernicia and became Ida’s seat. Ida’s grandson then passed it on to his wife, Bebba, from whom the early name Bebbanburg was derived.
We’re pleased to say that Bamburgh village and the castle now reside in peace and harmony. Bamburgh Castle is open to visitors, and the village is quintessentially picturesque with a good range of tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. Throw in the spectacular beach with the castle presiding over and it is truly a fabulous place to holiday.
Beadnell is a charming coastal village lying between rolling farmland and the dune fringed stretch of Beadnell Bay and its pretty harbour is the only west-facing harbour on the East coast. The sheltered bay is a great picnic spot and popular for water sports such as kayaking and kite-surfing, whilst the village centre is home to a good selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Behind the harbour on Beadnell Point you will find the remains of a small stone chapel in a series of earthworks which is thought to be St Ebba's Chapel. The Chapel was reputedly built in the 13th century by King Oswald of Northumbria for his sister, the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon King Aethelfrith, Saint Ebba.
Farnea (Farne Islands)
This archipelago is now internationally recognised as one of the main breeding sites for seabirds in Northern Europe. Regular boat trips run on a daily basis from popular Seahouses harbour (weather dependent) with visitors being enthralled by the comical puffins, a host of other seabirds, and a colony of grey seals. You might also be lucky enough to have our native pod of dolphins join you on the trip, playing in and out of the waves as the boat makes its journey to and from the islands!
Take a boat trip to The Farne Islands
A visit to the 14th Century Cuthbert's Chapel on Inner Farne is fascinating. Discover more about its former inhabitants, the history of the Chapel itself and the 10 years that St Cuthbert spent living as a hermit on the island.
Lindisfarena (Lindisfarne/Holy Island)
Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne provides a tranquil beauty which has made it a sanctuary and place of pilgrimage enjoyed for hundreds of years. It played an important role as home to St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels but it has also seen its fair share of invasions, with waves of Vikings attacking Lindisfarne Abbey and ransacking its contents. (Please note that Lindisfarne Castle is currently closed until April 2018 for vital restoration work).
In his novels, Cornwell portrays the fictional journey of the body of St Cuthbert, which is historically well documented. History tell of Uhtred the Bold helping to transport the body of St Cuthbert from Lindisfarne to his final resting place in Durham Cathedral.
The island is joined to the mainland by a tidal causeway covered twice a day by the sea, making the island complete secluded. Always remember to check safe crossing times first!! The island has a selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.
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