Bamburgh Castle Revisted ~ August 2019 ~ 2

Part 1 HERE After a good wander around the grounds we went to visit the museums. The first museum we got to was the Armstrong & Aviation museum, which houses some of the stuff that Armstrong produced for WW2, and some stuff from WW1. I’m sorry to say I didn’t take notes or many photo’s in this museum, I’m not sure why it didn’t float my boat,  however there was a really nice vintage car that I liked. We also visited the Archaeology Museum and saw some nice bling that they had dug up. The pieces were incredibly small, but…

Cragside Nov 2018 ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE Although it was a bit nippy it was a blue sky day, so when we came out of the house we went for a wander around the estate. Straight out into the courtyard and then down a steep path to a bridge     Looking back at the side of the house   Over the bridge and to our left is another little bridge and a path through the grounds. It was lunchtime however so we turned left under the bridge   and off we went to lunch. We checked out the shop afterwards   and as…

Cragside ~November 18th 2018

Cragside, what a wonderful day out we had there. It’s a National Trust property now but didn’t start out that way. I think we’ll have a bit of History and edumacation before we have a look at some photos. The History Bit Let me first introduce you to William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, for it is he who built Cragside as a family home. He was born on 26 November 1810 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of a corn merchant. Trained as a solicitor, he moved to London before he was twenty. Returning to Newcastle, in 1835 he met and…

Raby Castle ~ August 2018 ~ Interior part 3

EXTERIOR…..PART 1 HERE   PART 2 HERE.   PART 3 HERE INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE ~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall. INTERIOR……PART 2 HERE ~ Small drawing room, Octagon Room, Dining Room   Today we’ll start in the Blue Bedroom. Guess why it’s called the blue bedroom :). This bedroom was added as a guest bedroom by John Carr in the 18thC and has a Four poster bed which was the marriage bed of the Duke of Cleveland,  It has a handmade bedspread made in Turkey.   Of course servants quarters would not be so swish, but even so, not too bad, The kitchen…

Raby Castle~August 2018~Interior part 2

EXTERIOR…..PART 1 HERE   PART 2 HERE.   PART 3 HERE INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE ~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall.   The small drawing room, (which is quite large really) is decorated in the Regency style and has lots of paintings of horses and sporting stuff, but also some decorative bits and bobs. a lovely ornate clock   and an oriental thingy, we see a lot of these in castles and stately homes ~ must have been a thing.   In 1848, the Scottish architect William Burn used castle records to restore and to re-create one of the most striking and instructive interiors…

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017~part 2

Part 1 HERE Travelling up the Tyne we saw plenty of birds, and I got lucky to catch a shot of a heron Back in 2012, the BAE plant, previously Vickers-Armstrong, on the river was a closed down with the loss of 300 or so jobs. It’s now been taken over by the Reece group,had a £20 million revamp and it’s 500 workers manufacture equipment including tank parts, sub-sea products and pot-hole repair technology. More bridges We saw what looked like racehorses in a dubious looking stable building there had to be a pub at some point and these reminded me…

Tees Cottage Pump Station~June 2017~finale

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE The building that the wheelhouse is in and the reservoir Had to take some pictures of the waterpipes, they ebb and flow as the pump is working Outside the building was parked a vintage car and on the other side, a vintage steam engine There was also a min railway you could ride on for a small fee, and this little chap waved at me when I took the picture there was also a small TV crew wandering round sussing the place out, Inside the engine rooms there were a lot of spinning…

Tees Cottage Pump Station~June 2017~part 2

Part 1 HERE and the history of the Pump House. There is a LOT of mystical machinery at the pump station, and big tools to tighten up. nuts and bolts levers for something handles, maybe for relieving pressure and dials to show what you relieved and a thing tea break waiting for the  kettle to boil bigger stuff a room of working models more to come so stay tooned! 🙂