Thursday, October 12, 2017

Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War


Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War.

There are several memorials to the those who lost their lives  serving their country in the Second and First World Wars. The cemetery is a Commonwealth War Grave and contains 152 graves from the Great War and 223 from the Second World War. Most of the dead from WW1 would be buried near where they fell in Belgium and France.
Over 750,000 British armed forces members lost their lives in the Great War.
Contained within the cemetery grounds is a memorial to the 65 miners who lost their lives in the Great War from the nearby Preston Colliery.
This memorial was erected in 1924.
Also laid to rest in the cemetery are some of those lost their lives in one of the biggest civilian tragedies of WW2 when a German bomb hit an air raid shelter btween 3/4 of May 1941 when 107 people were killed. There are graves of other civilians who lost their lives due to the German bombings at other times.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hareshaw Linn, Northumberland National Park.


Hareshaw Linn, Northumberland National Park. 

A wooded valley & series of waterfalls (Linn means waterfall)  in the Northumberland national park, near the village of Bellingham which was established in the 12th Century when St Cuthbert’s Church was first consecrated.
In the 19th Century it was a centre for iron. Hareshaw Linn was the site of two blast furnaces established in 1833 . It once had 70 coke ovens, 24 large roasting kilns for calcining the iron ore,  coal stores, a blacksmiths shop, wagon shed, stables and stores.The iron works were in  production until 1848.A decade later the plant was auctioned and many of the buildings demolished.
Nature has made a full recovery from all the industrial activity. Today Hareshaw Linn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated for its rare ferns and lichen. Over 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen can be found.It is also home to red squirrel, great spotted woodpecker, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, badger and daubenton’s bat.
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Cumbria - Hartside Pass


Cumbria - Hartside Pass.

From the village of Melmerby, the Hartside pass climbs 1906 ft along the A686 Rd.
The view from the Hartside Top cafe offers panoramic views of the countryside, and is popular with bikers.
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Cumbria - Mayburgh Henge


Cumbria - Mayburgh Henge.

Mayburgh Henge is a circular bank up to 15 feet (6.5m) in height and with a diameter of about 383 feet (117m) and was built up with stones taken from nearby rivers and is unique amongst henges in that respect.
There is one remaining standing stone out of four which were situated in the centre of the circle and a further four stood at the entrance.
There have been Neolithic tools found at this site, dating it from 2000 to 4500 BC.
The M6 motorway runs close to the Mayburgh Henge.
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Cumbria - Long Meg and Her Daughters Stone Circle


Cumbria - Long Meg and her daughters Stone Circle.

Long Meg and Her Daughters is a bronze age stone circle near Penrith in Cumbria.
It was one of many built in the megalithic period which lasted from 3,300 to 900 BC.
It consists of 59 stones (27 remain upright).
Originally there may have been 70 stones.
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Second World War pillbox and concrete anti-tank blocks Northumberland



Second World War pillbox and concrete anti-tank blocks, Northumberland.

These pictures show a pillbox (so-called because of their shape) which were built around the British coast. The "D" type pillbox was unique to Northumberland and would contain firing positions for rifles and machine guns.
The fortification of Dunstanburgh Castle can be seen in the backgroumd.  
The large concrete blocks were placed around the type of beaches in the UK where a German tank invasion was anticipated. Most of these were put in place in 1940.
These photos were taken near the village of Embleton, Northumberland.
Further pictures of Second World War pre-invasion preparations along the North East coast can be seen here.      
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Dunstanburgh Castle Northumberland


Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland. 

Dunstanburgh Castle was built from 1313 by the Baron Earl Thomas of Lancaster, at a time of tension between himself and King Edward 11.
The Earl failed to reach the castle when his rebellion was defeated and he was executed in 1322. John of Gaunt took control of the castle band strengthened it against Scottish attack, later the castle became the focus of attack from Yorkist forces twice during the War of the Roses and subsequently fell into ruin.
Pictures of Dunstanburgh Castle and the rugged Northumberland coast.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hexham Abbey Northumberland


Hexham Abbey, Northumberland.

The beautiful  Hexham Abbey is situated in the centre of the Northumberland market town of Hexham.There has been a church on this site for 1300 years since the Queen of Northumbria Ethelreda gave land to St Wifred of York. The current Abbey was built in honour of St Andrew in AD674 and it was added to in the 12th century.
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