Originally an undefended manor house, we see it almost as it would have been in the thirteenth century when it was built by wealthy Suffolk merchant Robert de Reymes. There is evidence to suggest that Reymes started this new build with a timber hall and soon followed with the house itself.
With the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish wars, Reymes quickly realised that his manor house was on the front line of attack. He obtained a a licence to crenellate and immediately fortified his house with battlements and a curtain walls and in good time too. Ten years it stood attacks by the Scots but Aydon was eventually captured in 1315 and occupied by the Scottish in 1346.
As you can see from the image, Aydon Castle is quite magnificent, no wonder it has played host to numerous films and television series. In 1998 it was used in the film Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett in the leading role. In the film we see rooms that were depicted as the chamber were Jesuit priest, John Ballard is tortured for his part in an assassination plot and the apartments of Elizabeth's 'spy master' Sir Francis Walsingham.