Scroggy Bank at Beamish

Weird and Wonderful Place Names

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Travelling around you come across some weird and wonderful place names. Most of the time we we don’t spare more than passing thought, but sometimes places can really get to you. This photograph to the right has the name of Scroggy Bank. (I’ve no idea where the name comes from.) It is actually one of […]

Gun Muzzle - The business end

The Heugh Battery – Hartlepool

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The Heugh Battery on the Hartlepool Headland, or to give the site its correct title, The Heugh Battery Museum is one of those places I’d been meaning to visit for ages. It nestles on the coast a few hundred feet north of the light-house on the north side of the mouth of the River Tees. […]

Auckland Castle from the lawns

Exciting news at Auckland Castle

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There is some exciting news coming from the team at Auckland Castle. The team have announced a £100M leisure park development scheme that is set to create hundreds of jobs and attract many thousands of visitors. Historical re-enactment shows, are planned to be performed up to 30 times a year, each with an audience of […]

Raby Castle

Raby Castle – County Durham

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1569, in the south western corner of the County Of Durham in Northeast England, a group of noblemen gather. In London, Queen Elizabeth, protestant is on the throne. On the throne north of the border in Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic eyed the throne of England, whilst imprisoned in Bolton Castle in Wensleydale, […]

Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton – serial killer

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Mary Ann Robson was born in the colliery village of Low Moorsley in the County of Durham, (Now part of Houghton-le-Spring), on the 31st October 1832. The daughter of a miner, her family moved to Murton when she was eight so her father could take up a job working at Murton Colliery. It was a […]

FLOTUS Leaving Car

JFK + 50 : Still believe in a single shooter?

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the USA, in Dallas, Texas. Whilst CCTV systems had yet to be invented back then, any time the President went anywhere in his motorcade a press pack would follow, yet the public has only ever been shown a few […]

County Durham Flag

County Durham Flag

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It is not often you get to witness an event like the launch of a new flag, but on 21 November 2013 just that happened. The flag shown opposite is the flag for County Durham in the Northeast of England. It was unveiled at a ceremony held at Durham Cathedral in the presence of the […]

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The Accrington Pals

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It’s 1916. World War One has been raging for two years. Recruitment and manpower is dangerously low when some bright-spark in the safety of Staff HQ decides ‘I know. Let’s recruit entire battalions from the same villages and towns. Men won’t want to look bad in front of their friends by not going and they’ll […]