Introduction The Bronze Age beginnings of the Summerhill in Blaydon; the Stella Hall Estate; the Cowen family – progressive business owners and politicians, and the restored water mill at Path Head. What You’ll Hear 1:15: The history of the Summerhill 2:00: The Stella Hall Estate 3:10: Joseph Cowen Sr 4:08: Joseph Cowen Jr 5:01:The Path…

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Introduction In this episode, we look at Penshaw Monument in Washington, Tyne and Wear. We learn about its construction and Radical Jack, the man it commemorates. We explore the legend of the Lambton Worm, a beast which terrorised the area, and we look at follies – beautiful structures that don’t serve any purpose. What You’ll…

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  Introduction In this episode, we look at the mining heritage of north east England, the Felling Colliery and pit disaster; the four-poster bed tomb of three small children, and the mystery of the other couple commemorated on the memorial. What You’ll Hear 0:58: The mining industry in the north of England 1:49: The Felling…

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Introduction The story of Lindisfarne, Inner Farne & the other islands; Viking raiders; the heroic story of Grace Darling. What You’ll Hear 0:45: A brief history of Lindisfarne 1:27: The Viking raiders 2:27: Inner Farne & the pele tower 3:48: Grace Darling 5:01: The SS Forfarshire disaster Prefer to read instead? Click here for a…

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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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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 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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Introduction In this episode, we look at the first ever bridge across the River Tyne, the seven bridges that span it today, and the history of the Tyne Bridge. And which came first – the Tyne Bridge or the Sydney Harbour Bridge? What You’ll Hear 2:04: The first bridge across the River Tyne 2:37: The…

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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 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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