Sally Kindberg at Chillingham Castle in 2017

In 2017,  whilst staying in the north east of England, I visited Chillingham Castle, and whilst exploring, discovered its torture chamber below the tearooms.  Much of the castle is crowded with historical memorabilia, looking like it might have been acquired in job lots.  The recent Dominic Cummings affair reminded me of my visit, as Chillingham is the home of his father-in-law Sir Humphry Wakefield, whose daughter is Cummings’s wife Mary Wakefield, a Spectator editor. Mary Wakefield’s version of the couple’s Corona virus quarantine is currently being questioned. Chillingham is not to be confused with Barnard Castle by the way, linked to Cummings’s now infamous drive there ‘to test his eyesight’.

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