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After the museum we went out to the anglo~saxon farm and village. Home to curly-coated pigs, Dexter bullocks, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more, this 11-acre site houses rare breeds which are the closest possible representatives of the animals that would have been present 1300 years ago. Generally smaller than those we see today, these breeds give a feel for what animals would have been like during Bede’s time. Anglo-Saxons used the bird species for their meat, feathers and eggs; the eggs were not only eaten but used to mix inks used by monks to illustrate their manuscripts. Cattle would have worked daily on farms to pull ploughs or carts, while sheep were kept mainly for their wool which was spun and woven into cloth.  The farm is complemented by a number of replica wattle and daub and timber-framed buildings based on structures excavated within Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, and is a green haven in the middle of Jarrow.

We picked a good day for the weather.

curly coated pig having a snooze


ducking about




Mr & Mrs Gander


at the bottom end of the site you can see across the River Tyne

Bi yellow thingy being brought up river


We then got round to the village bit where there’s a replica Anglo-Saxon cross, carved entirely by hand, and sits overlooking the River Tyne.

It sits above the village meeting place

and you get a good view over the village

There was a chap called Jim inside the building on the right of the above picture, and he was really informative, and let Sophie have a go at grinding flour

he’d also made a weaving thingy and was in the process of weaving some cloth

he’d also made a wood turner

for making utensils

This next building is a huge larder, you go down steps once you’re through the door and there’s sausages and herbs etc all hanging from the ceiling, but it it was really cold and dark in there!

All the fences around the farm were hand made willow woven

We left as the sun was sinking and we wanted to get across to the site of the monastery which is just down the road by the church, but that will be our next report, so stay tooned!




40 comments on “Jarrow Hall, Anglo Saxon village ~ Part 2

  1. Gorgeous place…love yer ducks…and the willow fence too! (as well as all the rest…)

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    These pictures: I have said this quite a few times now, but I mean it every time: they are so incredibly high quality to look at. It’s almost as if they come straight out of books (and I know they don’t lol). You really had an amazing time on this trip. Especially like the picture of the big Anglo-Saxon cross. Seriously cool indeed 😊 Can’t wait to see/read the next post 😀

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  3. Sue says:

    Love the curly coated pig, and the ‘weaving thingy’!

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  4. vinnieh says:

    This is my kind of day out. I love anything historical.

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    1. Me too thanks V-man x

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      1. vinnieh says:

        We’re very similar that way.

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  5. I have to echo Michel. Your pictures are so exquisite. I felt as though I could reach in with my hand and pat the animals.mAnd that cross is gorgeous!😊

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    1. Isn’t it! Thanks Kim x

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  6. -N- says:

    I really am enjoying this particular adventure. I looked up the Venerable Bede (hard to believe his writings are still extant 1300 years later!) and was amazed by all that has occurred in this area. Looking forward to the next part! I am tooned and ready.

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    1. Glad to hear it! Cheers Naomi.


  7. Jay says:

    The pig’s not putting on much of a show, is he? I rather like the Gander family though.

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    1. Hah the Ganders were squabbling at the time. 🙂


  8. Jessica says:

    Wow, Fraggle. Amazing pics and places. And did that goat really have THREE horns?!!

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    1. He did indeed, one of his pals only had one sos he must’ve pinched it from him.

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  9. April Munday says:

    The weaving frame was interesting. I’d love to see it in action. I noticed the spindle on top, as well. Perhaps they dye, spin and weave their own wool. That would be a great process to watch.

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    1. He did do a bit for us, and yes they do all the spinning and dyeing there too.

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      1. April Munday says:

        It’s definitely going on my places to visit in the frozen north list.

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        1. 🙂 we seem not to be as frozen as we used to be, the south and midlands get more snow than we do!

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          1. April Munday says:

            We don’t get any snow, I’m glad to say.

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  10. beetleypete says:

    Great shots as always, loved the pig! When I was still volunteering at Dereham Windmill, we had one of those tiny flour stone machines with the wooden pegs. I used it to show people how the process worked with the larger windmill stones, and would let the kids have a try.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Sophie saidit was hard work!

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  11. It’s much bigger than I thought and looks better than I expected. The quality of your photos is stunning. And I particularly liked the references to the yellow and weaving thingies..!

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    1. Thanks Mike, just been reading your post on SHoo, wonderful wonderful!

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  12. I just LOVE these photos Fraggle!! Such a great photo 📷 of the sky and love the photos of the animals!😍 Fantastic Post as always!😊

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    1. Thanks so much xxx


  13. I imagine the animals would have been far smaller – not just this long ago, but even a few decades ago. They would probably have been a lot tastier then, too.

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    1. Yes I think so too.

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  14. Eddy Winko says:

    One for my list if I ever make it back to Blighty, you bring everything to life as always. I love the old crafts, if only I could find the time to try some.

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    1. Cheers Eddy, we have a spare room 🙂

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  15. Thanks for bringing us along, Fraggle. I would love to watch the craftsmen work. You caught my attention with the curly coated pig… I’ve never heard of any kind of “long haired” pig. Quite a harido she had. 😀 I love the amazing looking clock tower in the background behind Big Yellow Thingy. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Teagan, that would be the South Shields Town Hall clock tower, it’s a beautiful building.

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  16. enmanscamera says:

    What a wonderful place to wander fragg..


  17. steviegill says:

    Great shots. I love these type of places. Interactive history – fun for all the family!

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    1. Yes me too, plenty to do and see.


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