JUST A WONDER AROUND DURHAM PICTURES OF LESSER SEEN PARTS,
PIC 1 FULLING MILL IT APPEARS IN NEARLY EVERY PICTURE TAKEN OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL, UNDER THE FAMOUS TOWERS OF COURSE ITS SEEN FROM THE OTHERSIDE. OF THE RIVER.
PIC 2 A MOCK TEMPLE IT CAN BE SEEN JUST PAST FREBENDS BRIDGE.
PIC 3.LOOKING UP BOW LANE A STREET OF GEORGIAN HOUSES,CATHEDRAL IN BACKGROUND.
PIC 4 COLLEGE GATEHOUSE
PIC 5 A MEDIEVAL WATER TOWER IN COLLEGE GARDENS.
FINCHALE PRIORY ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER WEAR, IS ONLY A SHORT DISTANCE FROM DURHAM CITY,ITS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY VISITORS TO THE AREA,I HAVE A LOT OF VERY FOND MEMORIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD DAYS SPENT CAMPING HEAR,THIS IS A REALY NICE RIVERSIDE PLACE TO VISIT,TAKE TIME TO VISIT AND HAVE A PICNIC ,I BELIEVE ENTRY TO THE PRIORY IS FREE. THER ALSO A LARGE CARAVAN PARK TO THE REAR OF THE PRIORY.
Durham maybe one of the most holy sites in England - a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years, but it also has a darker side.
You can maybe see the Cathedral from Durham Prison, but built in 1810 and containing 600 cells and at least on ghost - this place may have put a sense of fear into many people over the years.
Before it became illegal, Durham prison was the site of several hundred executions, and a permanent gallows stood ready at all times.
Inmore recent times it has housed some of the most evil murderers. These have included Myra Hindley and Rosemary West.
You can see very little of the prison, but the adjoining courthouse is an impressive building.
If you walk up the hill on Old Elvet you can then cut right in front of the courthouse and prison.This will bring you onto new Elvet, where it is a short walk across Kingsgate bridge to the Cathedral area.
NB - on the website given, follow the links to prison Histories.
Under the wooden choir stalls in Tunstal's Chapel there are some intriguing early sixteenth century carvings, including one of a man carrying his wife in a wheelbarrow. I wondered whether they might have been put there to amuse bored choristers.
Don't feel too sorry for the wife as she is beating her husband with a stick to make him go faster.
The Sanctuary Knocker on the North Door of Durham Cathedral is one of the most famous door knockers in England. It was made in 1154, in Norman-style, in the form of a lion's head. Fugitives from the law who used it to knock on the cathedral door were allowed to take sanctuary for up to seven days and confess their crimes before leaving the country without fear of being arrested.
The North Door dates back to 1140, but the knocker you see on it is, in fact, a copy. The original is kept in the cathedral museum.
Really cosy and friendly traditional English pub on Old Elvet, just 5 minutes walk from the city centre. This place hasn't changed in decades but why to change something when it's not broken!!
They have a good choice (and excellent quality!) of English and local real ales, also a changing guest beer. Pop in for lunch on a Friday- you get fresh (made in the morning) home made pies, warm sandwiches and chillies! For instance, try a steak&mushroom pie (absolutely gorgeous!) and wash it down with a pint of Castle Eden ale.
Definitely worth trying out!
I love the Botanical Gardens and this one does not make a difference!! The Durham University Botanic Garden is lovely and very beautiful!! It is roughly 10 minutes walk from the city centre (sorry, I'm terrible in giving directions!! Better to ask someone on the way!)
They have gorgeous collections from all over the world and a couple of pieces of (interesting) contemporary art scattered thoughout. Tickets cost ý1.75 per person.
Durham Cathedral is by far and away the most important "Must see" sight in Durham, but when you have look around this mighty structure don't forget to explore the areas on the opposite side to the entrance from Palace Green.
Here you will find a well preserved cloister, a few pieces of modern art, an audio-visual display and the impressive monks dormitory.
This room has a very grand wooden roof that stands proud - like the upturned hull of a ship.
One end of the building is cordoned off as it is the Library for the Theology Faculty - what a great setting, but very dusty as I remember from the hours (O.K minutes) I must hace spent in there.
The undercroft restaurant also does teas and light lunches here.
Through a passage way in the far corner of the cloister you come to an area called 'the College' . This is still the 'precincts' area of the cathedral, housing many of the clergy. In this area the Choristers are also educated.
From the college you can walk through an arch back onto the Bailey (road).
A walk anywhere around Durham will deliver up interesting and spectacular views of the Cathedral.
One of the best can be found by heading out over Prebends Bridge and into the newer part of the university (or the polytechnic on the hill as we used to call it) . If you use the map then you will find a flight of steps up to St Aidan's college, built on one of the highest points of the city. The view back from there to the main part of the city is spectacular.
You will also find other attractions in this part of town that may interest you such as the Oriental Museum and the Botanical Garden.
Have a stroll down by the riveside near the old mill and weir as well as the classic shot of Durham Cathedral above the river you can enjoy lovely river reflections - if you have good weather ;-)