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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dutch Ship HNLMS Snellius


HNLMS Snellius (A-802) at Newcastle Quayside.

Dutch Ship HNLMS Snellius paying a visit to Newcastle Quayside on 21/06/2017.
She is a Hydrographic Survey Vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Here are photos of HNLMS Johan De Witt during her visit to the Tyne.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Newcastle Military Display 2017


Newcastle Military Display 2017

As part of the annual hoppings fun fair in Newcastle a military display is held on the Town Moor showing a variety of British Army armoured vehicles.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

St Cuthbert's Church Norham Northumberland


St Cuthbert's Church Norham, Northumberland.

Norham is where St Aidan crossed the Tweed on his way from Iona to establishing his monastery at Lindisfarne, the Holy Island in 635.
The first stone church was built at Norham in A.D 830 although the present church dates from 1165, the same time as Norham Castle.
The coffin of St Cuthbert was brought here from Lindisfarne in 875 when Danish invaders threatened the monastery, finally after being moved many times,  Cuthbert was buried at Durham and the cathedral was built in his honour there. 
In 1292 John Balliol paid homage to King Edward 1 of England here on behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland and in 1320 Robert the Bruce occupied the church while besieging Norham Castle. 
Historic St Cuthbert's has been an important place of worship for 800 years and many generations over that time have cared for this church.
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Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge Northumberland


Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge, Northumberland.

Twizell Castle is a grade two listed building and scheduled ancient monument which stands on a bend of the river Till dating to 1415. A medieval tower house which once stood on the site was destroyed by an invading Scottish army in 1496 . King James 1V of Scotland held a parliament at "Twesil" at the site in 1513 on his way to besieging Norham Castle. From about 1770 it was intended that the castle would be reconstructed as a Gothic mansion, but this work was never completed. Much of the castle material was used in the building of a new mansion at nearby Tillmouth Park.
The property is in a poor state and is officially classed by English Heritage as being at risk.

Twizell Medieval  Bridge was built in 1511 two years before the battle of Flodden and it is believed both the English and Scottish armies would have used the bridge, the Scots on their way to Norham several days before the fight and the English on the morning of the bloody battle.
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Twizell Bridge & the River Till.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

George Stephenson Monument Newcastle


George Stephenson Monument, Newcastle.

The monument stands near Newcastle's Central Station and was designed by local sculpture John Graham Lough & unvieled in 1862 .
This memorial shows George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways" with an engineering plan in his hand.
The four characters shown near the base of the statue represent an engineer, a blacksmith, a miner with a safety lamp (another Stephenson design) and a plate layer with the type of rail also invented by Stephenson.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Balmoral Cruise Ship


Balmoral Cruise Ship.

The Tyne has become a regular destination for a variety of cruise ships in recent years.
The Balmoral is unusual as she is based on the river for the summer months.
Please see photographs of the wide range of other merchant vessels, including other cruise ships which visit the Tyne, here.
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