I don't know whether it was the clarification of the meaning of "gate" in my recent Ripon post but I found myself musing on another place-name that is common in the Durham area, where we have Framwellgate Peth, Crossgate Peth, and Peth Lane in the vicinity of the city, and just a little further afield … Continue reading Brandon On The Up
Though most of its citizens are doubtless unaware of this, Durham has a pretty special history. There was probably an earlier settlement here, but the place was really put on the map when the monks of Lindisfarne arrived with the bones of St Cuthbert (hermit of the Farne Islands) 300 years after his death to … Continue reading Fit for a Prince
As I was in Birtley this morning, I followed the road into the adjoining town of Chester-le-Street, probably best known to those outside the North East as the home of Durham County Cricket Club. Their ground has a picturesque location on the banks of the River Wear, so it was here that I headed for … Continue reading Lumley Autumnly
The village of Bywell in Northumberland was once a busy medieval market town, yet little remains of the settlement now. I was told many years ago this was due to the plague, though I haven't been able to confirm this by any recent research - it may have been cleared by the landowner for agricultural … Continue reading Near the bendy spring?