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Time Pieces History: S2, E6: Tynemouth Priory and Castle

By Gudrun | May 28, 2020 |

Introduction The history of Tynemouth, its Priory, the later Castle that sat on the monastery land, and its surprising connection to the Norman Conquest. What You’ll Hear 0:55: The history of Tynemouth 2:04: The Victorian metro station 2:31: The Priory 4:10: Tostig Godwinson 4:31: The Castle Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 91 – London Red Bus

By Gudrun | May 28, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the London Red Bus. London Red Bus – Introduction to Item 91 The first time I went to London was on a school trip…

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Time Pieces History: S2, B1: Barnard Castle

By Gudrun | May 27, 2020 |

Introduction Barnard Castle, a market town in County Durham, has suddenly found itself in the limelight, thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, driving there from his parents’ home, in breach of his own COVID19 lockdown rules. I thought I’d record a bonus episode to tell those who may not be familiar…

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Time Pieces History: S2, E5: Alnwick Castle

By Gudrun | May 26, 2020 |

Introduction The story of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, and why it’s so important; the Garden and its Poison Garden, the Percy family, and the hero knight, Harry Hotspur. What You’ll Hear 2:15: The origins of the Castle 2:46: The Barbican 3:50: The Percys’ return to Alnwick 4:07: The Alnwick Garden 5:02: Who are the Percys?…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 90 – Norwegian Troll

By Gudrun | May 26, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the Norwegian Troll. Norwegian Troll – Introduction to Item 90 As well as visiting Sweden for work, my dad spent some time in Norway.…

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Time Pieces History: S2, E4: Durham Cathedral

By Gudrun | May 21, 2020 |

Introduction In this episode, we look at St Cuthbert and the legends of the founding of the Cathedral. The Norman architecture and why it’s impressive; the stained glass windows, what happened to Cuthbert’s remains, and the Land of the Prince Bishops. What You’ll Hear 0:58: St Cuthbert 1:45: The legends of the Cathedral’s founding 2:47:…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 89 – The Jade Pig

By Gudrun | May 21, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – The jade pig. The Jade Pig – Introduction to Item 89 When I went to Australia the first time, we had stopovers in each…

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Time Pieces History: S2, E3: Saltwell Park

By Gudrun | May 19, 2020 |

Introduction The history of Saltwell Park, from its beginnings as part of the Ravensworths’ estate, to William Wailes and Saltwell Towers, to becoming a public space. Plus the Victorian tradition of benefactors. What You’ll Hear 1:40: William Wailes and the Towers 2:13: The back story to the park 3:16: The People’s Park 4:04: Victorian benefactors…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 88 – The Greek Urn

By Gudrun | May 19, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – The Greek urn. The Greek Urn – Introduction to Item 88 A few years ago we were lucky enough to be invited to a…

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