DiCamillo Companion

Bamburgh Castle

  • Earlier Houses: The earliest mention of Bamburgh Castle suggests that the citadel was a royal center by 547 AD. Excavations have shown that there has been a dwelling here since prehistoric times.

    House & Family History: In 1704 the ruins of Bamburgh were purchased by the 3rd Baron Crew, who set in motion the plans to save and restore the castle, something that didn't begin in earnest until after his death in 1721. Lord Crew had significant landholdings in Northumberland, including the town of Blanchland, where the hotel, The Lord Crewe Arms, is named after him. Lord Crew had no children, with the result that his barony became extinct upon his death. All his estates were left in trust to further charitable activities; the trust survives today and continues to own much land in this part of the country. Bamburgh Castle was restored again, this time by the 1st Lord Armstrong, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lord Armstrong was an extremely successful arms merchant. Such was his fame that he is believed to have been the model for George Bernard Shaw's arms magnate in his 1905 play, "Major Barbara." Lord Armstrong is also noted as the creator of Cragside, an exceptional Northumbrian Victorian country house, today owned by the National Trust.

  • Architect: Charles John Ferguson

    Date: 1894-1900
    Designed: Restored Castle for Lord Armstrong

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  • Country Life: XXIV, 160, 1908.

  • Title: Movie Locations: A Guide to Britain & Ireland
    Author: Adams, Mark
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pg. 137
    Publisher: London: Boxtree
    ISBN: 0752271695
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Macbeth" (1971 - Roman Polanski production, as the king's palace). "Robin of Sherwood" (1984-86 - TV series). "The Virgin Queen" (2005 - TV mini series). "Transformers: The Last Knight" (2017). "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" (2023).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Armstrong family

    Past Seat / Home of: Nathaniel Crew, 3rd Baron Crew, 1704-21. William George Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, 1894-1900.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01668-214-208

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.bamburghcastle.com/

    Historic Houses Member: Yes