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The local history group of Berwick U3A was given a presentation on Chillingham Castle by Andy Maddock.
Andy explained how he became interested in history and how he came to be living in the area. He eventually became a tour guide at Chillingham Castle.
Andy told us about the early history of the castle and how it developed, the Southern corner towers being the oldest part.
The cafe was the original great hall, with the dungeons underneath. The entrance to the dungeons is blocked up by a false fireplace.
In the present great hall are two false fireplaces. These were put in place when the castle was used as a film set. They are made of fibreglass. The owner, Sir Humphrey Wakefield, decided to keep them in place.
Sir Humphrey had bought Chillingham Castle in the early 1980s. It had not been lived in for about 20 years and parts of it were in a very bad state. In fact, the side of the castle where the cafe is had no flooring above it and was open to the elements, having no roof.
Andy gave us a very good presentation and if you have not visited Chillingham Castle, it is well worth going there. It also does ghost tours, and you can get married there.