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Penrith Castle Update

It always seems overdue to share some progress, because I’m perpetually frustrated with how unfinished everything is. I’ve been working on the textures for the outer walls and Strickland’s Tower (this will change again, I’m going to use smaller stones based on the photographs I have from the site). These are just diffuse textures, I’m … Continue reading

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

Wetherall Priory was founded in 1106, the gatehouse however (which appears to be the last remaining building, or at least the most complete) has been modified as late as the 15th century. Red sandstone has been salvaged from various missing monastery buildings, including a chapel and a school, and incorporated into nearby homes and walls, … Continue reading

Tynemouth Priory

After accidentally buying the wrong ticket at the metro, I decided to go to Tynemouth and visit the Priory. The weather was dreadful, and that’s compounded by being in such an exposed coastal area when it’s already windy and rainy. Anyway, onto old buildings! The rood screen divides the eastern section of the church, an … Continue reading

Inner Walls

I’ve been experimenting with textures on the castle, I’m mainly trying to get the colour of the stone correct, it’s supposed to be more red/pink, but with wear and age it’s hard to estimate. I think I’m going to leave testing this as it is for now and carry on with the rest of the … Continue reading

Kendal Castle

I’ve not got round to doing research here, but Kendal Castle was a magnificent place to visit – the remains stand tall above the town on a steep and defensible hill, surrounded by a deep moat that still holds some gathered water. You have to walk about half the perimeter of the castle to reach … Continue reading

Brougham Castle and Brougham Hall

Much like Penrith, Brougham Castle had humble beginnings in the 13th century as a tower, possibly with wooden palisade walls on the outskirts. At Penrith, as the tower belonging to William Strickland passed to the powerful Neville family, who constructed many of the changes from tower to castle, Brougham was passed over to the Clifford … Continue reading

Richard Plantagenet, Warden of the West Marches of Scotland

As King Richard III, there seems to be an altogether different man compared to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Governor of the North, Constable of England – and all other manner of titles bestowed upon him before ascending to the throne. Richard is noted as both a loyal and skilled commander in battle, and was chiefly … Continue reading

Conflicting sources

While a number of books indicate slight variations (usually on castle dimensions), I’ve come across a book that entirely contradicts all my other sources (including a book which I was pleasantly surprised to see written by Teesside University’s own professor of history). Here is, as I establish it, a branch of the Neville family associated … Continue reading