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Location type: Castle
Location address: United Kingdom, Northumberland, Thirlwall
Number of texts: 2
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Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos

Thirlwall Castle is linked to an old English word “Thirl” derived from the Greek “Thura”(”θύρα”) and more familiar English word “wall”, related to nearby Hadrian’s Wall. An article appearing in “Atlantic Monthly” magazine describes “thirl” as “a small passage built into a wall to allow sheep but not cattle to pass through”. This derives from and corresponds to the Greek definition for “Thura”. “Wall” within this name refers to Roman-built Hadrian’s Wall between Northeast England and Scotland in Northumbria.”

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Thirlwall Castle is a 12th-century castle in Northumberland, England, on the bank of the River Tipalt close to the village of Greenhead and approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Hexham. It was built in the 12th century, and later strengthened using stones from nearby Hadrian’s Wall, but began to fall into disrepair in the 17th century. The site is protected by Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

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