Twelve miles west and north of Hexham Wark lies on the west bank of the North Tyne. In the Middle ages it was
the head of the Lordship of Tynedale, and in the 13th century as part of Scotland the Scottish kings occasionally
held court here. During the 15th and 16th centuries the area was in Royal hands and the large forest across North
Tynedale was reserved for the Royal hunt.
The church, St Michaels, was built in the Gothic style just after Trafalgar ( as were many other churches). It
includes an embattled tower at the west end.
A small distance north of Wark is Simonburn. Further to the north, higher up
the Valley is Tarset with its Bastle Houses.
View from the bridge at Wark
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Wark Castle - the Keep
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and here is Wark from the air!
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