Bamburgh in 1973
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
The village is notable for the nearby Bamburgh Castle, a castle which was the seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, and for its association with the Victorian era heroine Grace Darling, who is buried there.
The extensive beach by the village was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005. The Bamburgh Dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, stand behind the beach. Bamburgh is popular with holidaymakers and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The site now occupied by Bamburgh Castle was previously home to a fort of the indigenous Celtic Britons known as Din Guarie and may have been the capital of the kingdom of Bernicia, the realm of the Gododdin people, from the realm's foundation in c. 420 until 547, the year of the first written reference to the castle. In that year the citadel was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Ida of Bernicia (Beornice) and became Ida's seat.
St Aidan's ChurchEdit
According to Bede, St Aidan built a wooden church outside the castle wall in AD 635, and he died here in AD 652. A wooden beam preserved inside the church is traditionally said to be the one on which he rested as he died. The present church dates from the late 12th century, though some pre-conquest stonework survives in the north aisle. The chancel, said to be the second longest in the country (60 ft; 18m), was added in 1230; it contains an 1895 reredos in Caen stone by W.S. Hicks, depicting northern saints of the 7th and 8th centuries. There is an effigy of local heroine Grace Darling in the North Aisle. This formed part of the original Monument to Grace Darling but was removed due to weathering of the stonework. Her memorial is sited in the churchyard in such a position that it can be seen by passing ships.
|Location||Bamburgh, Northumberland, England|
|Year first constructed||1910|
|Tower shape||parallelepiped building with lantern on the roof|
|Markings / pattern||white building, black lantern|
|Tower height||9 m (30 ft)|
|Focal height||12.5 m (41 ft)|
|Current lens||1st order catadioptric fixed lens|
|Range||white: 14 nmi (26 km)|
red and green: 11 nmi (20 km)
|Characteristic||Oc (2) WRG 8s.|
|ARLHS number||ENG 004|
|Managing agent||Trinity House|
Bamburgh Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1910 to guide shipping both passing along the Northumberland coast and in the waters around the Farne Islands. It was extensively modernised in 1975 and is now monitored from the Trinity House Operations and Planning Centre in Harwich. Routine maintenance is carried out by a local attendant. It is the most northerly land-based lighthouse in England.
When originally built, the lamp was mounted on a skeletal steel tower (the footprint of which can still be seen within the compound) which stood alongside the white building which housed an acetylene plant to power the lamp. (A similar arrangement can be seen today at Peninnis Lighthouse in the Isles of Scilly.) During electrification in 1975 the tower was removed, and the lantern was placed instead on top of the (now redundant) acetylene building.
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- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, entry for 547.
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- "St Aidan, Bamburgh". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
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- "Parish Population 2011". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- Bamburgh The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 29, 2016
- "Bamburgh Lighthouse". Trinity House.
- Vintage postcard showing original arrangement.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bamburgh.|
- Bamburgh Photos
- Local History and Information on Bamburgh, The Farne Islands and surrounding areas.
- Stained glass windows at St. Aidan's Church, Photos by Peter Loud
- Bamburgh Tourist Attractions
- Bamburgh Online
- GENUKI (Accessed: 5 November 2008)
- Northumberland Communities (Accessed: 5 November 2008)
- Trinity House