History

Ford Castle is a majestic fortress that was owned by the Heron family and is located in Northumberland in the North of England. Ford Castle was involved in border politics for centuries being a second line defence against incursions from the Scots. There was naturally always some kind of defence structure in this area dating back probably to the eleventh century.

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Ford Castle Today

Ford Castle Today

It's always interesting to look around ancient castles steeped in history as we can imagine what life was like back then and appreciate how these buildings have been preserved over the centuries. So let's take a look at what to expect.

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Battle of Flodden

Battle of Flodden

King James IV of Scotland fought against King Henry VIII's English army at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Ford Castle played its part in this meeting as James took up residence in the castle and indeed stayed there the night before he died.

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King James IV of Scotland

King James IV of Scotland

Written records start mentioning Ford after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when the manor of Ford belonged to the Heron family. A substantial stone castle had been built by 1287 in the context of the border warfare between the English and the Scots.

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