Pugmill

Harehope Farm, Alnwick, NE66 2DW, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Alnwick

The Tenantry Column

by leics

Entirely amazing this, and a real sign of how the ruling classes were once perceived by those 'below' them.

The Tenantry Column was raised in 1816. It was paid for by the tenants of the 2nd Duke of Northumberland, who had kindly reduced their rents during the recession which followed the Napoleonic Wars.

Amazing.

Local legend has it that, having seen what they could afford to do with reduced rents, the duke promptly raised them again. Although this is a good tale, it's not actually true.

The column stands on a mound (perhaps the original Norman mound of Alnwick's first 'motte and bailey' castle?) just outside the Bongate Tower. You can't miss it as you drive in from the A1.

Day trip to Alnwick

by jrs1234

While staying in the NE of England for a week I did a day-trip to Alnwick in Northumberland. The idea was initially to see the new garden attraction there, but the weather was good, so a visit to the castle and the town (all within walking distance) got added on. The gardens are great - well worth travelling to see if the weather is fine, and together with the castle and the town, it's a great day out.

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