Pendragon Castle

Pendragon Castle

Pendragon Castle

Pendragon Castle

This is the first view of the castle I saw as I drove down Tommy road from the A683. I am stood on Castle Bridge which gained me a bit of height. Even though the castle is privately owned it is on open access land so I wandered around it for a while. I wanted a view of the whole thing and this was the only point nearby where I could stand back a bit and put it in it's surroundings. I had already taken some pics but the lighting was flat. As I stood on the bridge the sun made a brief appearance and lit up all the grass like this, I couldn't believe how bright it was then it was gone again!

The castle is shrouded in legend but there are claims that it was the fortress of Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur. If so, nothing remains of that 6th century wooden castle. The present structure dates from the 1100s and was built by Hugh de Morville, one of the four knights who murdered Thomas a Becket, to guard the narrow pass of Mallerstang. Twice it was burned by the Scots and twice restored, on the latter occasion by the formidable Lady Anne Clifford in 1660.
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Date:
2008-09-21 00:00:00.0
Location:
Outhgill, Mallerstang, Cumbria
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch