Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Barnard Castle

A few weeks ago in Barnard Castle I met up with a couple of friends I used to work with . Well we met at Bowes Museum really but decided to have a bit of a wander around Barnard Castle as it was such a sunny day.

Barnard Castle is a small market town in Teesdale, County Durham in the North East of England. It grew up around the medieval castle which is now a ruin. The castle was built by Bernard (Barnard) Baliol in 1112. The Norman castle saw little action in its lifetime and it and fell into disrepair after the Middle Ages. Apparently much of the stonework was carted off for other buildings projects!


As you cross the river behind the castle you can see the remains of one of the castle towers. 

This is a much better view of the castle, sadly not my photograph.


Barnard Castle    

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I love the old County Bridge below but it's not good when you're driving over it as it's so narrow. There's not much of a path either so you have to be careful crossing the road!

The river was quite low the day we meandered about and the rapids were not very rapid but you can see it was more winter than autumn even though it was October. It was absolutely freezing

We didn't get onto the main street in the town but I found a good photograph of the market place. The flag of St George is flying above the church.

Market Place, Barnard Castle      

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There were some really lovely old buildings but I didn't have time to take many photographs.


Blagrave's House

Blagrave's House is apparently the oldest house in Barnard Castle. It's been there for over 500 years and Oliver Cromwell dined here. Supposedly! Loved the little statues on the wall above the windows!

Just look at these old windows. 

One of these days I'll have time to take photographs properly instead of point & clicking then racing about constantly trying to catch up with people!

My Singer 338!

Well here it is my very first sewing machine, the one I got for my 21st birthday in 1966! I know it cost my Mam  a lot to buy it for me...