Warkworth House Hotel
Warkworth House Hotel offers a superior place to stay in Northumberland. This fine georgian building was built in 1820 as a coaching inn on the site of four 18th century burgage houses. Coaching inns were established along stagecoach routes across the country as welcome places for travellers to rest. The hotel contains a fine staircase, originally from Brandenburg House in London, home of the notorious 'Rebel' Queen Caroline of Brunswick, first cousin and second wife of King George IV.
Located between Morpeth in the south and Alnwick in the north, Warkworth is only 1 mile from the east coast of Northumberland cradled by a loop of the river coquet. Although it is not sure how long Warkworth Village has stood for, the first record dates back to 737AD, when king Ceolwulf of Northumbria gave the village and its church to the Abbot and monks of Linfisfarne.
The church in Warkworth is named after Lawrence of Rome. The Church of St Lawrence is a large grade I listed Norman building with an age spanning over 1,200 years. This fascinating piece of history is located by the river coquet and unique to the Northumberland area.
The population of Warkworth increased from 1,493 to 1,574 between 2001 to 2011, an increase of 81 people. The historic village of Warkworth is popular among tourists due to its castle, church, hermitage and local countryside walks.
There is a mystery to when Warkworth Caste was constructed, however it has been said that its foundations either belonged to Prince Henry of Scotland or King Henry II of England when he took control of England’s northern countries in the mid-12th century. The first documented record of Warkworth Castle is found between 1157 - 1167 in which Henry II granted the castle to Roger Fitz Eustace. Although at this point the ‘castle’ was weak and made out of timber so it was undefended when the Scots invaded in 1173.
Roger’s son, Robert inherited the caste and improved its structure towards the end of the 12th century and by the beginning of the 13th century during Kind Johns reign of England.
In 1332 Warkworth Castle was granted to Henry Percy, the 2nd Lord Percy by Edward III. At this time, the Percy family were fast becoming one of Northumberland’s top standing important families. Only 32 years prior to this, the Percy Family had bought Alnwick Castle from Anthony Bed, Bishop of Durham.
There is so much more history of Warkworth and Warkworth Castle to be discovered. If you would like to read more, you can head to the English Heritage Website.