Introduction Wallington Hall and Gardens: the Fenwicks & the Blacketts, who owned it; ‘England’s Greatest Gardener – Capability Brown’. What You’ll Hear 1:23: The Fenwick family 1:44: The Blackett family 2:18: Walter Calverley Blackett 2:31: Capability Brown 4:06: Coming next on the podcast Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email…

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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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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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Introduction In this episode, we’re looking at Charles, Earl Grey, whose monument in Newcastle is a focal point for the town and popular meeting spot. Grey was a reformer, one of only two British Prime Ministers from the North East of England, and a keen tea drinker.   What You’ll Hear 0:52: Who was Earl…

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*DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the Stephenson Railway Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* The Killingworth Colliery George Stephenson went to work for Killingworth Colliery, owned by Lord Ravensworth, in 1812. The area had several pits, with Ravensworth’s the best…

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  *DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the Stephenson Railway Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* Introduction The final blog in our series on places to visit in the north east of England (and managed by the Tyne and Wear Archives…

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The Roman fort at Segedunum has an amazing collection of army uniforms and equipment, along with statues, busts and replica buildings. The legion’s standard display though, is particularly eye-catching, and I was interested to learn more about them. There isn’t a specific ‘Visit North East’ blog to accompany this post, as Segedunum was included in…

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  Initially I was going to focus on one specific item from the commanding officer’s quarters – his desk – but there are so many amazing things on display that I thought I’d give an overview of the most luxurious part of the Arbeia barracks. There isn’t a specific ‘Visit North East’ blog to accompany…

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*DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the South Shields Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* The South Shields Museum has a piece of the gibbet used to execute murderer William Jobling in its collection, and a grisly recreation of what that…

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*DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the South Shields Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* Introduction The South Shields Museum is a huge, beautiful, stone-fronted building with white plaster features on the windows. It sits right in the centre of the…

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