Chillingham: Its Cattle, Castle and Church

Author(s): Paul Bahn and Vera B. Mutimer 

ISBN: 9781781555224
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Its location not only contributed to some of the best archaeology in Northumberland, but also a herd of wild white cattle unique in the history of the natural world, immortalised in songs, books and art.

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  • Lavishly illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • Chillingham Castle with its famous and infamous inhabitants have combined to make this an interesting and fascinating tale

  • Foreword supplied by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales

This is the first comprehensive book about Chillingham in Northumberland with its unique wild cattle, historic castle, church and family associated with them since the twelfth century. Julius Caesar admired the cattle’s ancestors for their brute strength and Sir Walter Scott immortalised them. They were painted by Sir Edwin Landseer and Archibald Thorburn, and depicted at their best by Thomas Bewick, the master engraver. Charles Darwin studied and wrote about them in the Descent of Man. Historian Simon Schama described the Chillingham cattle as ‘…the great, perhaps the greatest icon of British natural history’.

The castle’s history is chequered and the nobles who lived there even more so. Incest, adultery, witchcraft, torture, kingmakers, traitors, a cricketer and a cowboy are all part of its history, resulting in its modern reputation for cruel and benign ghosts still regularly seen in the castle. Founded around 1184, the country church in its simplicity hides a fifteenth-century tomb described as ‘…one of the finest such monuments in the country outside a cathedral’.

Gloriously illustrated with 200 vibrant colour photographs, Chillingham: It’s Cattle, Castle and Church is edited by Paul G. Bahn and Vera B. Mutimer with a foreword by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555224
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 224 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 200 colour photographs and illustrations



Dr Paul Bahn is an editor of numerous archaeological and humorous books, including Cambridge World Prehistory and Disgraceful Archaeology.

Vera B. Mutimer is a trustee of the Chillingham Wild Cattle Association.