Aydon Castle, Northumberland
13th-century manor house, overlooking valley. Converted into farmhouse in 17th century. Northumberland. One of England’’’’s finest examples of a 13th-century manor house. Aydon Castle stands in a secluded woodland setting. It was originally built as an undefended residence, but almost immediately fortified on the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish warfare. Nevertheless it was pillaged and burnt by the Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again occupied by Scots in 1346. In the 18th century Aydon became a farmhouse, remaining so until 1966.