Another shot, taken last month, of this splendid edifice (without the motorbike this time!) Otterburn Castle is impressive as soon as you behold its vast size and castellated façade.
But the castle's history is no less extraordinary – and also incredibly bloody. Dating back to 1076, the building witnessed the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 when the English army suffered a brutal defeat by the Scottish, led by the Earl of Douglas who tried to take the tower.
The Hall family took over the castle in the 16th century, including their most infamous member, Mad Jack Hall. He features in Harrison Ainsworth's novel Preston Fight for his part in the 1715 Jacobite rising. Mad Jack was eventually hanged at Tyburn on 12 July 1716.