Aydon Castle lies one mile from the village of Corbridge, Northumberland, England, north-west of the village centre, north of the A69. 5 miles north-east of Hexham, on the A69-B6321. There is a car park.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open, Thursday to Monday April to September 10:00-5:00pm.
Documentary evidence shows that a timber hall first existed on this site. This was replaced by the present manor house, built by Robert de Reymes, a wealthy Suffolk merchant, starting in 1296 AD, adjacent to the steep valley of the Cor Burn.
At this time the house consisted of a two-storeyed home with a solar, dining hall and kitchen on the upper floor.
In 1305 Robert obtained a licence from King Edward I to crenel late his property allowing him to build battlements and curtain walls enclosing the buildings within an inner courtyard. Parapets were added to the domestic buildings and the inner courtyard wall.
An outer curtain wall with a plain arched gateway was added and the open side is flanked by a rectangular tower and 14th century D-shaped angle tower.
Northumberland NE45 5PJ
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