Alnwick Off The Beaten Path

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    Wager Cottage

    by leics Written Oct 25, 2009

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    Wager Cottage

    This pretty little cottage sits opposite the Tenantry column on the main road into Alnwick from the A1.

    One legend says it was built in two weeks, as part of a bet (a wager) between the Duchess of Northumberland and the 2nd Duke.

    But that may well not be true.

    Nice little place though, especially with this year's 'clock' flowerbed in front.

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    The Tenantry Column

    by leics Written Oct 25, 2009

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    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.

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    Look for the oldest bits....

    by leics Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    Ancient Hospice
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    ...because some are still to be seen.

    Look up, because often the higher storeys of a building are the least changed. The windows in the photo are clearly much, much older than their wooden sashes would indicate......probably 16th or 17th century.

    The two shops in the main photo were once the Hospice of Alnwick Abbey (its guesthouse). They date from the 14th century..that's the 1300s...but you would not realise unless you looked closely at them.

    Sp keep your eyes open as you wander; there is much of ancient Alnwick still to be found.

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    The Mechanics Institute

    by leics Written Oct 24, 2009

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    This building caught my eye as I wandered round the backstreets of Alnwick.

    I was first intrigued by its rather modern 'leaning' doorway, and then noticed the plaque on the wall.

    It was built as the Mechanics Institute in 1831..........for 'diffusing knowledge among artisans'.

    I hope the good artisans of Alnwick took full advantage! :-)

    You'll find it on the corner of Percy Street.

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