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Alnwick in Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
 

Alnwick Quarters

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2018
1. Alnwick Quarters Marker
Inscription.
Castle Quarters
Alnwick Quarters
Aln, Celtic for bright river, and wick, an Anglo-Saxon settlement, point towards the possible origins of Alnwick. From the Normans to the Tudors, Alnwick, with its mighty castle, offered a strategic defence against the Scots and civil war. A busy medieval town, with Royal Charters in the 15th Century, it boasted two abbeys, but its fortunes then declined until the industrial revolution brought wealth and re-development in the 18th and 19th Centuries and the town we see today. The Independent Heart

A   Castle Square
Bailiffgate,the broad street before you linking castle with church follows a familiar Norman pattern, and housed the senior retainers and tenants of the Earls of Northumberland. To the left, Alnwick town is entered by Narrowgate; to the right, the Great North Road plunged down the Peth to the river, deliberately steep to hinder raiders from the north.

B   Bailiffgate Museum
Built in 1836, the former St Mary's Roman Catholic Church now houses a museum and gallery where people and places of North Northumberland are brought to life and where a diverse range of art and history based exhibitions are staged. It features a stained glass window of the Blessed Thomas Percy, executed in 1572 as a martyr to the Catholic faith.

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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2018
2. Alnwick Quarters Marker
C   St Michael's Church
This Norman church, first mentioned in 1147 as a chapel to Alnwick Abbey, was originally subordinated to the church at Lesbury. After much damage in the Scottish wars, the present church was rebuilt by Henry VI in 1464 and remains essentially unchanged today.

D   Hotspur Statue
Henry Percy (c.1364-1403) was a famous knight, who earned his reputation serving the king in Scotland, Wales, and France; and gained his nickname from his eagerness to attack the Scots. He lost his life at the Battle of Shrewsbury, leading a rebellion against the king. So he never inherited his father's title as Earl of Northumberland. However, he is commemorated as a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV Part l, in the name of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and by this bronze statue, erected in 2010.

Alnwick: An ancient market town, rich in history

 
Location. 55° 24.944′ N, 1° 42.469′ W. Marker is in Alnwick, England, in Northumberland. Marker is at the intersection of The Peth (England Route B6341) and Bailiffgate, on the left when traveling south on The Peth. Touch for map. Located at Alnwick Castle. Marker is in this post office area: Alnwick, England NE66 1NQ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured
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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2018
3. Alnwick Castle
as the crow flies. Sir Henry Percy Hotspur (within shouting distance of this marker); Bosnian Army Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Henry Percy ‘Harry Hotspur’ (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Robertson’s Pant (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Alnwick War Memorial (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Shilbottle War Memorial (approx. 5 kilometers away); The Chapel (approx. 9.9 kilometers away); The Great Hall (approx. 9.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alnwick.
 
Also see . . .
1. Alnwick Castle. (Submitted on November 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Alnwick Castle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2018
4. Alnwick Castle Courtyard
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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2018
5. Alnwick Castle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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