Saturday, 10 April 2010

SPYNIE PALACE

This is one of my favourite places just a couple of miles from home, I have visited many times.
Spynie Palace was for five centuries the residence of the Bishops of Moray. During this time it stood on the edge of Spynie Loch, a sea-loch giving safe anchorage for fishing boats and merchant vessels . A thriving settlement grew up around it. Today, nothing remains to be seen of the medieval town, but the gaunt ruin of Spynie Palace represents one of the largest Surviving medieval bishop's houses in Scotland. The earliest buildings have not survived, the earliest surviving masonry dating from the 14th century. In the 15th century the great tower house known as David's tower after Bishop David Stewart. was built. The picture below shows the great tower.
Click on pictures to enlarge them.
David's tower seen through the trees from the road leading to the Palace.
Due to land drainage over the years this is now all that remains of Spynie Loch. I took this shot from the top of the tower.

A fireplace inside the tower. There were six floors in the tower.


Another view of the inside of the tower.


This is the water gate where goods were unloaded from boats in the loch.

A view from the top of the tower of part of the great hall and the well which would have been in a small well room.


An arch leading into a small chamber in David's tower

The east gate which had a portcullis and two murder holes.






The north range.


South range

The courtyard and part of what once was a chapel




14 comments:

PurestGreen said...

Amazing to have something like this so close to you.

jabblog said...

Why did the bishop live in a tower, I wonder? Status, protection, visibility, vanity . . . or a combination of all of those? Perhaps it was to mimic the bishop's mitre.

Kitty said...

This is certainly a good time of year for visiting sites - they're nice and quiet :) The picture of the east gate really appeals to me as the tree trunks are peeping through.

Happyone :-) said...

Amazing! Thanks for the tour.

Linda said...

Quite some palace. Fascinating to imagine what the rooms would have been like.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Chris, Don't you just love to go to places like that???? I always sit among the ruins and think about days gone by.... Just think of how vital and how busy Spynie Palace was at one time in history.... Neat post. Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Thanks for taking us along on your visit to another fascinating place. I love the pictures, but I like the history even more. It's hard to envision Spynie Loch as big enough to handle merchant vessels.

NessCaffe said...

i love that ruins, beautiful place and shoots. congratulations.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Murder holes?! Had to Google that one, but now I know. You have shown us spectacular views today, Chris. It would be such a privilege to examine it close like you are able. I can understand why this is one of your favorite places.

By the way, I am tagging you. The info is on my blog if you'd like to play along. =)

http://azindylifeandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/04/ive-been-tagged-whos-next.html

JM said...

Wow what a fantastic place........

SquirrelQueen said...

What an amazing structure. I am imagining what it would have been like when it was in use. I love places like this, thank you for the tour.

Karen said...

Is that a fireplace in the tower? Wonderful photographs! What a great place to explore!

Chris said...

Thank you all for your comments. Karen, yes that is a fireplace in the tower. I agree with Betsy Linda and SquirrelQueen, it's great to imagine what it would have been like in the past. Lindy, did you find the murder holes grusome? They were violent times back then and I wouldn't like to have been around then.

日月神教-向左使 said...

AV,無碼,a片免費看,自拍貼圖,伊莉,微風論壇,成人聊天室,成人電影,成人文學,成人貼圖區,成人網站,一葉情貼圖片區,色情漫畫,言情小說,情色論壇,臺灣情色網,色情影片,色情,成人影城,080視訊聊天室,a片,A漫,h漫,麗的色遊戲,同志色教館,AV女優,SEX,咆哮小老鼠,85cc免費影片,正妹牆,ut聊天室,豆豆聊天室,聊天室,情色小說,aio,成人,微風成人,做愛,成人貼圖,18成人,嘟嘟成人網,aio交友愛情館,情色文學,色情小說,色情網站,情色,A片下載,嘟嘟情人色網,成人影片,成人圖片,成人文章,成人小說,成人漫畫,視訊聊天室,性愛,正妹牆,情色視訊,愛情小說,85cc成人片,成人貼圖站