Category Archives: Northumberland

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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Decorate Your Castle The Lindisfarne Way

Twice each day, for several hours at a time, the island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the English mainland by the tides of the North Sea. That was music to the ears of a group of seventh-century monks from … Continue reading

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What Color Socks Would You Wear With Carbatinas?

One of my favorite lines in the 1956 movie High Society is when Grace Kelly says to Frank Sinatra, “South Bend. It sounds like dancing, doesn’t it?” Toward the end of our two-week sojourn in northern England, we arrived at … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Wall Looked Much Better Than The One I Drew For Dr. Rogers

Say the words “Map Test” to anyone who took Dr. Rogers’ English History class during her freshman year at Columbus School for Girls, and she’ll likely remember having to mark the precise location of several cities and important landmarks on … Continue reading

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Ask An Armstrong, A Beattie Or A Graham If Their Family Tree Includes A Bereaved Reiver

Words like “retrieve” and “bereaved” come up often in conversations today, but did you know that they originate from a ruthless group of Scottish clans who raided, stole, kidnapped, murdered and pillaged? Terrible conflicts between England and Scotland began in … Continue reading

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Survey the Farne Islands From Bamburgh’s Royal Throne

Another one of those scenes from Northumbrian history that Walter Bell Scott chose to paint in Wallington’s Central Hall commemorated an event that took place on September 7, 1838. Twenty-two-year-old Grace Darling looked out of an upstairs window of Longstone … Continue reading

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