Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Tynemouth Priory

    With lockdown restrictions easing evermore in England, it has become possible to start history exploring again – thank goodness!  Some heritage sites are starting to open, although one has to book a timeslot in advance. This is exactly what I did, so I was one of the first (post-lockdown) visitors to Tynemouth Priory and…

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St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle

As lockdown measures in England are slowly being lifted, I was delighted to be able to start visiting the inside of historical sites.  So, for my first “proper” history exploration in over three months, I decided to visit the Church of St Andrews in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.   A sunny day meant that I could take a…

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De Oude Kerk Amsterdam

Oude Kerk Amsterdam

We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a while.  I love Amsterdam.  It is a city with a rich and diverse history and we visit a few times every year.  But this time was different.  This time, I could finally visit the oldest church in the city – De Oude Kerk (the Old Church).…

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St Mary’s Chapel Jesmond

St Mary's Chapel Jesmond

Years before the Norman conquest, just North-East of the city centre of Newcastle, an apparition of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus appeared.  This great event quickly became known far and wide.  The area became known as “Jessemougth” or “Jesusmound” on account of the rock or mound the apparition appeared at. Jesusmound changed to Jesmond as…

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St Nicholas’ Church, West Boldon

St Nicholas' Church, West Boldon

As part of the Heritage Trail, I visited the delightful Grade I listed St Nicholas Church in the North East of England.  It was a sunny day and walking through the churchyard, I loved the sun streaks flooding between the large trees.  Peaceful. And beautiful.  I do love churchyards.  And this one really kept me busy…

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Peebles Cross Kirk, Scotland

Entrance To Cross Kirk

After several hours on the road, we were starting to get desperate for a coffee stop. So, as we drove into the lovely town of Peebles, we started looking out for somewhere to stop for refreshments. And as it always is in an unfamiliar town, you only spot the coffee shop once you are virtually past it! …

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Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey

Breath-taking.  Truly breath-taking.  As we travelled around a curve in the A68, coming into Jedburgh from the South, we were absolutely awestruck.  To the left of the main road, on higher ground, stands the majestic Jedburgh Abbey. I had to pull over and just drink it all in.  It is possibly one of the most awesome…

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St Francis’ Church – Byrness

Driving North on the A68, we nearly missed this delightful little church.  In fact, we did miss it!  Just as we were exiting Byrness village, we spotted it to the left of the road, among several large, old trees.  Turning around, we drove back and parked under one of those trees, to take a closer…

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St John the Baptist Church

Sometimes, getting distracted is the most wonderful thing!  I was cycling down the steep Grainger Street in Newcastle (more like flying down!) on a sunny Wednesday morning, en route to a coffee shop, when I spotted this lovely stone church on the corner.  Pulling the brakes hard and forgetting all about the Mocha and pastry…

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Ryton Holy Cross Church

I set off to explore.  What better use of a sunny Friday afternoon, than to visit a beautiful old church. But first I had to find it!  My SatNav took me all over Ryton Village but nowhere near the church I was looking for!  Anyway, after searching and driving around for a bit, I spotted a…

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