The Magical Dwarf of Thirlwall Castle
Built in the 1300s, largely from Roman stones, this stonghold protected
the Thirlwall family during the dangerous years of border raids.
"A baron of Thirlwall returned from the wars with great spoils, having with him a table of solid gold, the report of which spread far and wide. In course of time the castle was attacked and taken by the Scots; the baron and his retainers were slain, and then came a search for the treasure. This had been known to be, night and day, under the guard of a mysterious dwarf. Dungeon and vault were searched in vain; and no wonder, as tradition says the dwarf, during the heat of the fray, threw the treasure into a deep well, and afterwards jumped in himself; then, by diabolical power, he drew the top down over himself and his charge, and there he still remains under the influence of a spell which can be removed by none save the only son of a widow."
*Brand, J. 1789. The History and Antiquities of the Town and Country of the Town of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Including an Account of the Coal-trade of that Place and Embellished with Engryved Views. London, B. White.
**Bruce, C.W. 1851.The Roman Wall. Newcastle Upon Tyne.