100px|Warkworth Castle, 2007
Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in the town of the
same name in the English county of Northumberland. When the castle was
founded is uncertain, but traditionally it has been ascribed to Prince
Henry of Scotland in the mid 12th century, although it may have been
built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England's
northern counties. Warkworth Castle was first documented in a charter
of 1157–1164 when Henry II granted it to Roger fitz Richard. The timber
castle was considered "feeble", and was left undefended when the Scots
invaded in 1173. Roger's son Robert inherited and improved the castle.
With the outbreak of the Anglo-Scottish Wars, Edward II invested in
castles including Warkworth where he funded the strengthening of the
garrison in 1319. Twice in 1327 the Scots besieged the castle without
success. In the late 19th century, the dukes refurbished Warkworth
Castle and Anthony Salvin was commissioned to restore the keep. Alan
Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland, gave custody of the castle to the
Office of Works in 1922. Since 1984 English Heritage has cared for the
site which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient
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