Dirleton: the Ruthven Lodging


Dirleton Castle, the Ruthven Lodging © David Gill

The Ruthven Lodging is located on the south side of the main courtyard, and to the west of the main gatehouse. It was constructed by the Ruthven family after they acquired the castle in the early 16th century.


Dirleton Castle, the Ruthven Lodging © David Gill


Dirleton Castle © David Gill


Hailes Castle: pit prisons


Hailes Castle, Mid Tower © David Gill

Hailes Castle stands on the banks of the River Tyne (in Scotland). There are two pit prisons in the castle. One stands in the Mid Tower. The second is in the West Tower.


Hailes Castle, West Tower © David Gill

Vindolanda: Roman milestone


Vindolanda, Roman milestone © David Gill

The Roman milestone on the Stanegate near Vindolanda was placed in State Guardianship (‘Chesterholm Roman Milestone’). The fort was place in State Guardianship in 1939 and also had Ministry signs.

A second milestone lies one Roman mile to the west. It originally carried the inscription, bon[o] reipublic[ae] nato (RIB 2308).

The 1959 Regional Guide notes: ‘The earliest occupation dates from the time of Agricola whose road, the Stanegate, runs past the north gate of the fort and retains, near the burn, a Roman milestone; the base of another (not in the Ministry’s guardianship) stands a Roman mile to the west.’


Vindolanda, Roman milestone © David Gill

I have a photograph of the milestone from the late 1970s with some of the bushes encroaching on its space and obscuring the line of the road.


Vindolanda, Roman milestone © David Gill

Tantallon Castle: lean-to buildings


Tantallon Castle © David Gill

The inside of the curtain-wall at Tantallon Castle has a series of horizontal sockets. The Ministry sign helpfully explains them as the traces of likely lean-to buildings. The Historic Scotland guidebook by Chris Tabraham suggests the possibility that they are the remains of the ‘munition houss’ mentioned in 1566.


Tantallon Castle © David Gill

Dirleton Castle: polite request


Dirleton Castle © David Gill

Dirleton Castle is set in landscaped grounds. Visitors are invited to keep off the banks, and to use the paths and stairways to visit the remains. This avoids unsightly tracks appearing on the slopes.


Dirleton Castle © David Gill


Dirleton Castle © David Gill

Easby Abbey: warning signs


Easby Abbey © David Gill

Modern visitors to Easby Abbey enter via the staircase into the west end of the refectory.


Easy Abbey, east end of the refectory © David Gill

The thirteenth-century doorway to the dorter carries another warning sign.


Easby Abbey, stairs to dorter © David Gill


Easby Abbey © David Gill


Easby Abbey © David Gill

A further warning sign is located near the chapter house on the east side of the cloister.


Easby Abbey © David Gill


Easby Abbey, chapter house © David Gill