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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Compton Mackenzie – A County Durham Lad

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Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie was born on 17th January 1883 in West Hartlepool, County Durham, England. Often described as a prolific writer of fiction, Mackenzie was probably best known for two of his works; Whisky Galore & one of his highland novels, The Monarch of the Glen. Whisky Galore, written in 1947, was set amongst […]

Regulations and Instructions Durham County Constabulary

Regulations, Orders and Instructions, framed for the Governance and Guidance of the Durham County Constabulary

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“Regulations, Orders and Instructions, framed for the Governance and Guidance of the Durham County Constabulary” was written by Lieutenant Colonel George F White and published in 1892. It was a truly local product having been printed & bound by George H Procter, Stationer, Market Place, Durham. The book itself is divided into 9 parts: Part […]

Tower through cloister arch

Project Durham

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County Durham is the place where I was born. Despite what people like BBC News would have you believe, It’s not Teesside and it’s not Tyneside. Nor is it part of any EU City Region, which may explain why it is the poor relation to the great conurbations of Geordie, Mackems & Smoggies, when it […]

Entrance From Palace Green

A walk around Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral sits high on the peninsula above the city and dominates the skyline, regardless of which direction you approach. However, my advice, is to arrive in Durham by train. The reason for this is the railway station also sits high on a hill, there are many hills in the city, and provides a spectacular […]

Westbound from Wolsingham

Weardale Railway

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I recently spent a day travelling through Weardale in Western County Durham. However, instead of driving up the dale on the A689, I decided to relax and take a trip on the Weardale Railway. The railway in Weardale dates back to the 1840s and originally operated as an extension to the Stockton & Darlington railway, […]

Master Humphreys Clock

Blue Plaques of Barnard Castle

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Barnard Castle, in southwest County Durham, appears to the casual observer like many other market towns of its size. However, hidden in plain sight is a real treasure trail for both amateur and professional historian alike. Barnard Castle Urban District Council started erecting Blue Plaques throughout the town to celebrate its famous connections, a tradition […]

Jeremiah Dixon – From County Durham to Philadelphia

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Jeremiah Dixon. It’s a name you may be familiar with, but not 100% sure why. Personally, I first came across the name in the lyrics of a song by Mark Knopfler, featuring vocals by him and James Taylor, Sailing To Philadelphia. I’m Jeremiah Dixon, I am a Geordie boy. A glass of wine with you […]

Mini Moos Farm – Edmondsley, County Durham

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We went to Mini Moos Farm after seeing it featured on a regional TV News programme showcasing the smallest donkey in the UK. We didn’t have kids with us, as we were interested in the animals, but there were plenty of them in anyway making the most of the indoor and outdoor play areas, clearly […]