Bishop Auckland ~ part 3 ~ February 2020

Last week we had a look at the viewing tower, and this is the inside of it.

There are some stone carvings from the time of Bishop Beks Great Hall in the 13th Century.

Monk’s Head
Dragon

and more views from the viewing platforms.

The outside of the castle

So that’s the end of our visit to Bishop Auckland and it’s castle. For anyone interested in the 14th Century, I’m leaving a link here to information about the discovery next to the castle of Bishop Bek’s enormous medieval chapel.

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  1. That first shot is so well composed I kept going back to it!

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  2. Thank you for sending me to look at Bek’s Chapel. It’s fascinating, but I’m definitely going off the Parliamentarians.

    I was rude about it when you showed the outside of the viewing platform, but that ceiling is scrumptious.

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    1. I thought you might like the Bek thing and yes the viewing tower is better in than out!

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  3. I guess dragons were a big problem in those days. And monks, too many monks. Really interesting to see the illustrations of what the chapel would have looked like!

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  4. Great pictures and interesting post- oh the things we have lost to iconoclasm…

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    1. Sadly.. cheers Beck!

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  5. Great pics and I really like how atmospheric the b&w makes them. I’ve been trying to follow your blog for ages, keep clicking on the follow button but never receive any notifications of new posts. I tried again today and discovered they are in my Reader, which I never look at. Is there a way I can get email notifications of new posts?

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    1. Hi Mary, I’ve added the ‘follow by email’ button to the side bar on the main home page, if you scroll down it should be on the right hand side.

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      1. It says I’m following this blog. I’ve tried again on Reader to ask form email notifications. Fingers crossed.

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        1. Let me know if it works. Posts happen on Sundays so you can check email after 10am.

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  6. Again, love your photography and posts, each week another historical episode! First… I read that the first window glass arrived in Britain in the early 17th century. With all of the windows in this castle, pre-glass, did they mention what they used prior? Was it wooden shutters? I love to look at all the detail in your photos. And boy, you manage to capture a lot! In the last photo, to the far right up on the wall, is that someone having coffee? Is that a person? Curious mind here…

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    1. https://www.thenbs.com/knowledge/windows-glass-glazing-a-brief-history

      Worth a read for your first question, and for the second, yes someone stood having a beverage. 😊

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      1. Very informative, thank you! Also, who knew there had once been a “window tax” (Bill the third) and the saying “daylight robbery “ evolved from that? Fun facts… thanks again!

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  7. Thank you for sharing – this is beautiful! I also love the black and white treatment! Very striking!

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    1. Thanks Connie 😊

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  8. Love the black and white photos, they are mysterious! The ceiling is pretty too! I love to know about the history of the places, and I can’t believe that are people destroying monuments and statues right now.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. It’s a troubled world for sure.

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  9. Black & White pictures: a great idea! 🙂

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    1. Cheers Pit. 😊

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  10. You used the weather well to add great impact there, FR. Excellent stuff!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. And I enjoyed the extra bit. Naughty Sir Arthur! 🙂

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    1. Hah yes, what a knob!

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  12. The carvings are wonderful. We have a local green man carving. Amazing to see medieval faces and wonder what those people lived through….

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    1. Thanks Rich, we have a lot of medieval faces in our neck of the woods, and that’s just the mackems! 🤣 Seriously, I wonder too, and read a lot of history!

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      1. Ha ha….the mackems!

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  13. Oh, Fraggle, the beauty of your photo art takes my breath away.

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    1. Aw shucks Don, you got me blushing! Makes me happy that people like my photo’s so thanks for the smile!

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  14. Great as always. The monk needs a new hairdresser 😉

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    1. I was thinking that too! 🤣

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  15. A fine ending to the tour, Fraggle. I really liked the circle things. 🙂 Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Cheers Teagan 🙂

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  16. My goodness! The carvings are beautiful. Thank you for this virtual visit.

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  17. I really the sharp views of the town from tower. Nice job, as usual.

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  18. That ceiling is fantastic, but it’s your black and whites that really took my breath away Fraggle!

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  19. Lovely images. In particular I find the black and whites images stunning. Great processing.

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  20. Looks lovely and dramatic in black and white!

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