Getting back to tales from our holiday. Our Northumberland holiday cottage was situated not far from Bamburgh, notable for two reasons, its association with Grace Darling and the imposing castle which overlooks the beach.
Grace Horsley Darling was a lighthouse keepers daughter. She was born at her grandfather's cottage in Bamburgh in 1815 but was taken to live in a cottage attached to the lighthouse on Brownsman Island, one of the Farne Islands, when she was just a few weeks old. In the early hours of 7th September 1838, Grace Darling and her father, William, took a rowing boat out to save survivors of The Forfarshire, a steamship, which had foundered on rocks by the lighthouse and broken in half. The weather was too rough for the lifeboat so they rowed nearly a mile to save four men and a woman. William and three of the rescued men rowed back to the lighthouse where Grace then remained whilst William and the three men rowed back to the wreckage and recovered four more survivors. News of the rescue and Grace's bravery reached the public and donations totalling over £700, including £50 from Queen Victoria, were raised for her. Grace Darling died in Bamburgh of tuberculosis in 1842, she was just 26 years old. She's buried in the churchyard in Bamburgh.
The first thing you see when you're approaching Bamburgh is the impressive castle built on the coast.
It's a magnificent building and was once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria.
It's quite a sight when you look back from the beach.
The castle is lived in but some of the rooms are open to the public. We'd have liked to visit but once again, Archie hampered our plans. I'm sure we'll return one day.
The castle overlooks the castle green where Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club play their matches. It was only once we'd seen the cricket pitch that Mick, being as interested in cricket as he is, looked at their website. It transpires that if you drop them an email a few weeks before you're visiting, you could have the opportunity to play for the club whilst you're there. Mick wished he'd known this before we visited as he'd have loved to have played. I don't think there can be a cricket pitch in England with a more beautiful backdrop.
Bamburgh isn't a huge village but it's a lovely place for a day out, and it has the added attractions of the Grace Darling Museum, St Aidan's Church, a beautiful beach and a couple of decent pubs and hotels too.
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