Lindisfarne Castle is a grade I listed building located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland. We have been working with the National Trust here for many years, providing conservation architecture services and designing an award-winning ticket hut that was completed in 2008. In 2013 we were commissioned to consolidate research and re-appraise earlier works in a conservation plan that will inform future management of the site.
Although dating to the mid-16th century, it is (perhaps unusually for other altered buildings of a similar age) more commonly celebrated for the 20th century reimagining of the site. This was carried out by Edwin Lutyens for the publisher Edward Hudson. Its romantic location, curious hybrid of the post-medieval and 20th century fabric, and readily-understood function as a second home ensure that the castle's popularity with visitors continues to grow. But the impact of so many visitors on a relatively small interior is considerable. The complexity of the site, the particular management challenges posed by the exposed tidal-island location, and the need to meet ever-increasing demands of visitors were all themes that drove the project to produce the report.
The report also considered the immediate setting of the castle, including the scheduled lime kilns and the Gertrude Jekyll-designed walled garden.