Situated in a naturally defensive loop in the River Coquet in Northumberland, Warkworth Castle was originally constructed as a wooden fortress, some time after the Norman Conquest. The castle as it stands today began construction in the mid 13th century. The Percy family resided there on and off until the 16th century. During this period the castle was rebuilt with sandstone curtain walls and greatly reinforced. The imposing keep, overlooking the village of Warkworth was added during the late 14th century. It was refurbished, with much refaced stonework, by the Dukes of Northumberland in the late 19th century.
King Edward I of England stayed at Warkworth Castle for a night in 1292.
The castle formed the backdrop for several scenes in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2.
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