Category Archives: Northumberland

Wake Up! We’re At Wallington!

What’s the first thing that you did when you became the owner of your home? Sir Charles Trevelyan, his wife, Lady Mary (known as Molly), and their six children aged between 8 and 22 gathered in the central hall of … Continue reading

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For Sweetest Day, Give The Rose Named For A Darling Girl

A gale of chilly wind propelled us down the steep slope from Bamburgh Castle along Radcliffe Road as we scurried past snails, rushed by rose-covered cottages and passed up petting jacketed dogs on walks. I was on a mission to … Continue reading

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This Royal-Watching Joules-Wearer Was On Tenterhooks To Visit Otterburn Mill

You might recognize it as Hogwarts from the first two Harry Potter films, or as Brancaster Castle, the home of Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith Crawley and her husband, Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham. But to Northumbrians, it’s better known … Continue reading

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Mandy’s Map Is A Great Conversation-Starter

Start a conversation with me about what’s new in Northumberland National Park and I’d have plenty to say. I’d begin by announcing the return of Ratty, the loveable water vole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, to Kielder … Continue reading

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“Epic Scenery! Epic Road Runs! And Perhaps The Occasional Squally Shower!”: More Reasons to Roam The Lake District And Northumberland

Mountains green. Pleasant pastures. Clouded hills. These descriptions of “England’s green and pleasant land” were written in verse by William Blake in 1804, then set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 to sustain Britain’s resolve during World War … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have To Go To Durham’s Palace Green Library To Knit Two Hats Fit For Heroes

Steps away from Durham Cathedral’s carved stone columns and saintly shrines, paths lined with colorful begonias circle a grassy area known as Palace Green. Durham Castle stands to the north, while the law, theology, classics, history, music and special collections departments … Continue reading

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Yet Well I Love Durham Cathedral’s Mixed And Massive Piles

The Danish Vikings who came to England in the 9th century raided, pillaged, murdered and plundered Northumbria so fiercely that the monks of Lindisfarne decided that they had had enough. In 875, they packed up the Lindisfarne Gospels, the head … Continue reading

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