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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fossil Tree at Stanhope

Stony in Stanhope

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What is the largest fossil you have ever seen? The size of your thumb? The palm of your hand? Your head? How about the size of a tree trunk? In Stanhope, in the upper end of Weardale of County Durham, traffic sweeps along the A689 through the town. Many drivers pass the tourist information centre […]

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 […]