Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Black Gate & Keep, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Medieval fortification in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  The most prominent remaining structures are the Castle Keep and the Black Gate (fortified gatehouse).

In Roman times the site housed a fort and settlement called Pons Aelius.  In 1080 a wooden motte and bailey style castle was built on the site of the Roman fort. The "New Castle on Tyne" from which the town took it's name.

The Castle Keep and Blackgate can be visited today. The keep is also notable in having the main East Coast railway line running through the centre of the grounds. In particular, the battlements offer fine views over the River Tyne quayside, the cathedral and Newcastle Central station. The castle is said to be haunted and has been subject to many paranormal investigations. It was featured in an episode of Most Haunted.

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