Once upon a time, (1070 to be exact), William The Conqueror built it as a royal fortress. Successive Kings refortified it as fast as invaders destroyed it. Eventually, The Crown seized it from King Edward III but left it to ruin. So thank goodness Henry VIII handed it to the Watson family, who’ve lived there happily ever after.
It’s a whole lot more romantic now with castellated towers, lovely lawns, a rose garden instead of a keep, air con and WIFI. And the panoramic views that once revealed impending attacks, now simply supply stunning scenery.
As I’m taking photos on a wedding day, I imagine playing Quidditch in the parapets, hide and seek in the maze, bows and arrows beneath the towers, and spot the shapes in the elephantine hedge. (Ok, I only do two of those.)
And I think you’ll love it too …
Five reasons you’ll love Rockingham Castle for your wedding photography
Ok, that’s a cop-out. Because I got stuck for words. But it’s true.
Every photo will be a winner. Because there are more beautiful backgrounds than you can shake a bouquet at ...
No car park, mobile toilet, or Lidl supermarket in the background here. Just the odd dramatic tower, quirky hedge, pergola look-out, spiral staircase, romantic garden, countryside view, ancient arrowslit, taxidermy ram with a wonky eye …
... All set and ready to be the backdrop for your own happily ever after.
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Did you know *this* about Rockingham Castle?
There, you’re all set for the local pub quiz!