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Statue of Niel Gow, Fiddler, Dunkeld

We’ve been to Dunkeld many times but had never noticed this statue before last November. Mind you it’s on the Birnam side of the River Tay which we don’t often frequent. It also seems to have been commissioned reasonably recently.

Statue of Fiddler Niel Gow, Dunkeld

Information plaque:-

Plaque by Statue of Fiddler Niel Gow, Dunkeld

Gow was apparently the most famous Scottish fiddler of the eighteenth century.

He was even painted by Sir Henry Raeburn:-

Niel Gow by Henry Raeburn

Bust of Mikhail Lermontov, Earlston

Of all the things I expected to see in Earlston, a bust of Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian poet second only to Pushkin, was not one of them. However, Lermontov was descended from George Learmonth who emigrated to Russia from Earlston and may himself have been descended from Thomas the Rhymer.

In 2015 a bust of Lermontov was unveiled in Earlston:-

Bust of Mikhail Lermontov, Earlston

Information board:-

Mikhail Lermontov Information Board, Earlston

Barrack Rooms, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

At Arbeia Fort, South Shields, there are some mock-ups of barrack rooms as they would have been when the Romans were there.

Centurion’s Dining Room:-

Centurion's Dining Room, Arbeia Fort

Centurion’s quarter’s cot. Certainly looks like it was for a child:-

Centurion's Quarter's Cot, Arbeia Fort

Centurion’s room:

Centurion's Room, Arbeia Fort

Centurion’s sitting room:

Centurion's Sitting Room, Arbeia Fort

The soldier’s quarters were a bit more spartan:-

Soldier's Quarters, Arbeia Fort

Soldier’s sleeping quarters:-

Soldier's Sleeping Quarters, Arbeia Fort

In the exhibition centre at the fort was a stone with a dual language inscription. Latin and Aramaic:-

Two Language Inscription, Arbeia Fort. Latin + Aramaic

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort stood guarding the mouth of the River Tyne at what is now South Shields. Its now surrounded by housing on three sides but its remains have been excavated.

There is an exhibition centre but its entrance gate, Commandant’s House and a barrack block have been reconstructed. The entrance gate is particulalry impressive:-

Entrance Gate, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Arbeia Fort, South Shields, Entrance Gate Building

Model of fort:-

Model of Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Information board:-

Information Board, Arbeia Fort, South Shields.

Arbeia Fort site from top of entrance gate, reconstructed barrack block and Commandant’s House to right:-

Stitch of Photos From Entrance Gate, Arbeia Fort, South Shields,

An excavated corner of the fort:-

Corner of Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Original columns, recosntucted entrance gate seen through them. When excavated the columns were lying on their side. They have been re-erected where they would have stood:-

Original Columns, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Interior, St Romald’s Church, Romaldkirk

For the exterior of St Romald’s see this post.

That large stained glass window as seen from inside the church:-

Romaldkirk Church Stained Glass Window


St Romald's Church, Romaldkirk stained glass2 + altar

Chancel floor:-

St Romald's, chancel floor, Romaldkirk


St Romald's Church Font, Romaldkirk

Painting behind font. G R, ie Georgus Rex. That would be George I of Great Britain (and Ireland):-

Painting, Romaldkirk Church

Effigy on the tomb of Hugh Fitz Henry, Lord of Bedale, Ravensworth and Cotherstone:-

St Romald's Church , Effigy, Romaldkirk

Devil’s door – bricked up to keep the devil out!:-

Devil's Door, St Romald's Church, Romaldkirk

Remnant of Saxon Church:-

Remnant of Saxon Church, Romaldkirk

Thee are three separate ceilings in the chuch:-

Ceiling, Romaldkirk Church

Romaldkirk Church Ceiling

Vaulted Ceiling:-

Vaulted Ceiling, Romaldkirk Church

Remnants of Hadrian’s Wall

For a lot of its course the B 6318 runs parallel to Hadrian’s Wall. I assume it follows the old Roman Road that must have run east-west south of the wall. (Parts of the B 6318 are very straight indeed.)

Many remnants of the wall remain and can be seen from the road. They look more substantial in real life than in the photos. Pictures taken from the passenger side:-

Hadrian's Wall

Part of Hadrian's Wall

Remains of Hadrian's Wall

More of Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall by Roadside

Hadrian's Wall as Part of Landscape

Hadrian's Wall Remains

Housesteads Fort Information

At Housesteads Fort many boards supply information about the fort and its life.

The wall arrives:-

Hadrian's Wall Arrives at Housesteads Fort

Fort Entrance:-

Housesteads Fort, Entrance

Headquarters building:-

Inside Housesteads Fort

The commanding officer’s house:-

Commanding Officer's House, Housesteads Fort

On eof the problems at Housesteads was the water supply. The fort is built on the crest of a hill with no nearby water source. They had to make do with rain water or cart water from a stream fairly far off.

Food was less of a problem:-

Food Supply at Housesteads Fort

Bread for the troops:-

Housesteads Fort, Bread for the Troops

Mediterranean style:-

Mediterranean Style, Housesteads Fort

Changes over the years:-

Changes at Housesteads Fort

The vicus. Buildings outside the fort:-

The Vicus, Housesteads Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall from Housesteads Fort

Hadrian’s Wall from northeast corner of Housesteads Fort:-

Hadrian's Wall from Northeast Corner of Housesteads Fort

Hadrian’s Wall going east from Housesteads:-

Housesteads Fort, Hadrian's Wall Eastward

Hadrian’s Wall from northwest corner of Housesteads Fort:-

Hadrian's Wall from Northwest Corner of Housesteads Fort

West Gate, Housesteads Fort:-

West Gate, Housesteads Fort

Housesteads Fort Again

The North Gate was the only part of Housesteads Fort that opened to the north. From this angle Hadrian’s Wall itself snakes off mid right towards upper centre.

North Gate, Housesteads Fort, Hadrian's Wall

North Gate information:-

Housesteads Fort, North Gate Information Board

The fort’s northwest corner:-

Housesteads Fort, Northwest Corner

Internal ruins:-

Ruins, Housesteads Fort

Housesteads Fort Ruins

Fort’s southwest corner. The Fort’s museum building is in the background:-

Housesteads Fort, Southwest Corner + Museum

Southeast corner:-

Southeast Corner, Housesteads Fort

West wall of the fort and the museum building:-

Housesteads Fort, West Wall + Museum

More of Housesteads Fort

See my previous post on Housesteads.

Remains of barracks:-

Barracks, Housesteads Fort

Barracks information boards:-

Housesteads Fort, Barracks Information Board

Housesteads Fort, Barracks Information Board

Looking after the soldiers:-

Housesteads Fort, Looking After the Soldiers

Central buildings:-

Central Buildings, Housesteads Fort

Hypocaust stones:-

Hypocaust Stones, Housesteads Fort

Housesteads Fort, Hypocaust Stones

The latrines were placed at the fort’s lowest corner – the south-east – so that rainwater would flush them out:-

Latrines, Housesteads Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Housesteads Fort, Latrine Information Board

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