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Small Bridge in Biggar

Between the War Memorial and the Art Deco hairdresser’s in Biggar, Lanarkshire (posts passim) there runs a burn.* Over it lies a nice arched bridge.

Small bridge in Biggar

And this is the reverse view:-

Biggar Bridge 2

*For those who may not be familiar with the word, burn is Scots for stream.

Bridge at Kelso

At Kelso there is a fine bridge over the River Tweed.

Bridge over Tweed at Kelso

From its parapet you get a view of Floors Castle in the distance. (You might have to zoom in on the photo though.)

Floors Castle from Bridge over Tweed

Musselburgh Bridges

No town feels complete unless it has a river.

In Musselburgh the River Esk runs through the town. I spotted three bridges there.

This first one carries the main road over the River Esk. The photo was taken from a point just down a few steps from the War Memorial.

Bridge over River Esk Musselburgh

This is a view of the other side of the same bridge. Nice arched spans.

River Esk and bridge

Looking upstream from near the bridge in the above photo you can see a second bridge. This looks to be of older vintage. The near bank had nice planting.

Second Bridge over River Esk, Musselburgh

(The third bridge was downstream of these two and very flat and boring, possibly a pedestrian bridge.)

William Wordsworth and Cockermouth

Cockermouth’s most famous son is the poet William Wordsworth.

There is a huge statue of a Lord Mayo on Main Street, though. From the inscription it sounds like Mayo was a bit of an imperial adventurer. He became Viceroy of India and was assassinated in the Andaman Islands!

Anyway, below is Wordsworth’s boyhood home on the junction of Main Street (right) and Crown Street (left.)

Quite imposing. And difficult to photograph without a car in the shot!

We viewed the house and garden – both overseen by the National Trust. We got there just as it was opening at eleven a.m. and there was a queue. Apparently at the height of the tourist season it’s mobbed.

William Wordsworth's Boyhood House, Cockermouth

Here’s a view of the garden from the house. It’s a bit sparse looking after the coldest early spring in Britain for 50 years. The River Derwent is a footpath or so beyond the wall at the back. It was from the terrace there I photographed the bridge over the Derwent I featured a couple of posts ago.

Garden from Wm Wordsworth's House

There is a small bust of Wordsworth on a pedestal on Gallowbarro – the bar of the “T” to Main Street and Crown Street.

Bust of William Wordsworth, Cockermouth

Just to the right of where I took the above photo is a memorial fountain to both William and his sister Dorothy. This was taken at more or less a right angle to where I photographed their childhood home.

Memorial Fountain to William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Cockermouth

Cockermouth, Cumbria

On our trip last week we were based in Cockermouth, at the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria. It has an elegant bridge over the River Derwent.

Bridge over River Derwent

Not to mention this rather Grand Theatre on Station Road. The lower windows prefigure Art Deco but the building as a whole looks older.

Grand Theatre

And of course there’s a War Memorial, which is further up Station Road from the town. (I’m not too keen on these ones with an angel on top.)

Cockermouth War Memorial

The names of the fallen are on the reverse side (which it is difficult to photograph while at the same time avoiding getting the petrol station in th eframe.)

Cockermouth War Memorial Reverse View

Dunkeld War Memorial

Dunkeld War Memorial is in the immaculately Scottish shape of a cairn. It commemorates the dead of Dunkeld and Little Dunkeld (and I assume Birnam.) It’s set on a hill above the road into Dunkeld, just off the A9.

Dunkeld War Memorial

The photo below gives more of the effect from the road (and from Thomas Telford’s bridge over the Tay which leads you into Dunkeld itself.)

Dunkeld War Memorial from Road into Dunkeld

There are three plaques. One for the Great War:-

Dunkeld War Memorial WW1

Below that is a plaque for WW2 and a solitary name for Northern Ireland.

Dunkeld War Memorial WW2 & NI

Forth Bridge Memorial

On the way back from Dalmeny though South Queensferry I noticed a new memorial. I mentioned in this post that there was a lack of a proper memorial to those who died while building the Forth Bridge.

That omission has now been rectified.

Forth Bridge Memorial

The Forth Bridge was opened in 1890 or so and it has taken until now to commemorate by name those who died in its building.

Forth Bridge Memorial

Cragside, Northumberland

I’m still getting round to posting pictures of the places we visited in October!

This is Cragside, Northumberland, from the path leading from the car park.

Cragside, view from car park

Cragside was built for the Tyneside shipbuilding magnate William Armstrong. The house’s main claim to fame is that it was the first in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity (from a system specially constructed for the purpose.) Later – sometime in the 1930s I think – the house was connected to the National Grid.

This is a stitch of two photos taken from the terrace on the other side of the house from the photo above.

Cragside, Northumberland

This is the house from the rock garden. It’s a very impressive building.

Cragside from below

One of the delights of the site is the gardens with several bridges over the burn, the most striking of which is the metal bridge.

Cragside Gardens + Metal Bridge
Metal Bridge, Cragside

Two rustic bridges can be seen from the metal one and there is a smaller burn hard by the house.

Two more Bridges, Cragside, Northumberland
Stream Beside Cragside

Inside, the most impressive feature is the massive marble fireplace in the main reception room. So big is this it had to be built directly onto the bedrock of the hillside to give it sufficient foundation.

Massive Marble Fireplace, Cragside, Northumberland

There is some nice tiling on the walls, here seen below an engraving/drawing of the house.

Wall Tiling, Cragside, Northumberland

We took a long walk down to the power house. The keeper of the power house used to sit down there waiting for a phone call from the main house to turn on the water. There is a brilliant model of the hydroelectric system – you pull up a lever to allow the water to flow onto the turbine blades (all contained behind glass) and you can see the increase in power with the flow, with lights on a panel coming on and getting brighter to simulate the lights in the house. If only my first year pupils could see that!

Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire

The Water Garden adjoins Fountains Abbey which I posted about yesterday. It’s a shortish walk from the Abbey to the Water Garden following the river; which looks canalised, a prelude to the artificiality of the Water Garden itself. (There is a paved path if you prefer not to walk on the grass.)

A Waterchannel leading to Studley Royal Water Garden

This is a stitch to show the trees and water along the way.

Trees and Water Panorama, Studley Royal Water Garden

There are several neo-classical buildings in the Water Garden. This is the Temple of Fame.

Temple of Fame, Studley Royal Water Garden

This is the Rustic Bridge.

Rustic Bridge, Studley Royal Water Garden

Again, a few more photos are on my flickr.

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

On the day we went to Ripon we had visited Fountains Abbey earlier.

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Note the party of schoolchildren dressed as monks to the left here.

Fountains Abbey 2


Fountains Abbey 4
Fountains Abbey 3

Internal view and a cloister.

Fountains Abbey 6

Nice waterfall on the walk to Studley Royal Water Garden (see link above.)

The monks built out over the river which is bridged at at least four points (one of which held the toilet block – I wouldn’t have liked to live down river of that!)

Bridge at Fountains Abbey

A few more photos of Fountains Abbey and its grounds are on my flickr.

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