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The Lower Hall would have been the office of the Sheriff of Northumberland. The Sheriff would have been known as a civil servant these days and he would have been the King’s representative in the North East of England, responsible for justice, collection of taxes, defence of the region, coordinating with the barons and Lords...
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Hadrian’s Wall on the Whin Sill, Northumberland Hadrian’s wall is an enigmatic frontier of the Roman Empire situated at the northern end of England and stretching from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. While it is often viewed as the frontier to ‘separate the Barbarians from the Romans’, it was more than...
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The normal chapel at Newcastle’s Castle is a beautiful example of Normal architecture with Norman arches in the roof and above the doorways. These are incredible restorations undertaken by John Dobson in 1847. They still give you an idea of the chapel would have looked like during the medieval period. The Norman invasion When the...
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Henges, standing stones and stone circles – they’re ritual monuments from the late Neolithic, early Bronze Age period when Britain’s population experienced a huge change. That change was due to a huge influx of people coming to the British Isles
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Newcastle’s Quayside has a huge amount of history and heritage behind it. We’ll start here by going right back to the stone age. As the ice age ended, enormous amounts of glacial meltwater cascaded down what we now know as the Tyne Valley, channelling the landscape as it went. Sacrifices in the River Tyne During...
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Beneath the iconic Dean Street in Newcastle flows a little-known river.  The Lort Burn. The burn starts in two locations in the heart of Newcastle. The first tributary of the Lort Burn is the Victorian boating lake in Leazes Park which is one of the springs that sources the burn. The second tributary is where...
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Grainger Town in Newcastle Upon Tyne is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Britain today. Built during the 1830s, it is one of the largest urban centres to be named after a single person – Richard Grainger. Richard Grainger’s young life Ramsay, James; Richard Grainger (1797-1861); Laing Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/richard-grainger-17971861-36822 Richard Grainger...
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Earl Grey’s Monument sits at the heart of Newcastle and is a place where people gather, meet friends and thousands of people come through the Monument area every single day. In years gone by, this was a very different location from what you see today. In the past, the location wouldn’t have been much different...
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Every schoolchild knows the events of 1066 but what happened next here in the north east? As the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings approaches, Alex Iles investigates.
Every schoolchild knows the events of 1066 but what happened next here in the north east? As the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings approaches, Alex Iles investigates.
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Alex Iles delves into the history of Newcastle and is inspired by three notable entrepreneurs
Alex Iles delves into the history of Newcastle and is inspired by three notable entrepreneurs
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