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Spennymoor War Memorial

Spennymoor is a town in County Durham. We usually bypassed it on travelling to and from Barnard Castle but last December we decided to have a look at it on our way back from visiting Bowes Museum. Unfortunately the light was fading a bit by the time we did.

Spennymoor’s War Memorial stands at a road junction:-

Spennymoor War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Spennymoor War Memorial

Dedication; above cross “Pro Dieu et Pro Patria.” Below cross, “To these men of Spennymoor district who fell defending our liberty let their names be cherished with gratitude and pride and the remembrance of their steadfast endurance and gallant sacrifice be enshrined in t e haerts of our people for ever
and let this land whose hearts they saved from shame for many and many an age proclaim eternal honour to their name.”

War Memorial, Spennymoor, Dedication

“The Glorious Dead” of the Great War. I Abley – J H Evans:-

War Memorial, Spennymoor

Below these are the names for World War 2:-

Spennymoor War Memorial Second World War Names

Great War Names K Farthing – F Perry above and a 2011 Afghanistan name below:-

Great War and Afghanistan Names Spennymoor War Memorial 6

Great War Names, J Perry – W Young:-

War Memorial, Spennymoor, Great War Names 7

Great War 100th Anniversary bench, litter bin and effigy of soldier:-

War Memorial Bench, Spennymoor

Former Town Hall. It still holds Town Council meetings but now houses an Art Gallery and various other outlets:-

Building, Spennymoor

Inside Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

The main attraction at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is a silver swan automaton. The model in itself is a beautiful object:-

Swan Automaton, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Bowes Museum Swan

Swan Articulated Model, Bowes Museum

Replacement parts:-

Parts of Automaton Swan, Bowes Museum

Unfortunately when we were there the swan wasn’t in operation. I think it needed maintenance work.

Hoewvere there was an explanatory video of its operation and movement. (The video is also available on YouTube. See below.) The articulation is amazing, the glass rods representinng water in motion are particularly effective. The swan “catches” and “eats” a fish at about 4.50 in the video. Real swans are of course vegetarian:-

I liked this piece of stained glass too:-

Stained Glass, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle,

Stained Glass Info Board, Bowes Museum

Bankfoot, Ruined Church

We took a trip up to Dunkeld last November. I had previously noticed out of the corner of my eye a ruined church in the village of Bankfoot just off the A 9. This time we took the opportunity to pop into the village for a look.

It was apparently Auchtergaven and Moneydie Parish Church.

Bankfoot Kirk

There were lots of signs warning that the area wasn’t safe to enter.

Bankfoot Kirk 2

Speaking to a local we were told that the church had been reasonably intact until a few months before when sparks from a garden bonfire had drifted onto its roof and set it alight. Shame. I suppose it will have to be demolished now.

Bankfoot Kirk 3

Earlston War Memorial

On the way back up from Sunderland in September instead of the A 697 we took the A 68 for a change and stopped off to have a look at Earlston in the Scottish Borders.

Its War Memorial is a Celtic Cross rising from a square plinth.

Earlston War Memorial

War Memorial, Earlston

Dedication. “To the glory of God and in memory of 48 men of the parish of Earlston who gave their lives for King and country during the great War 1914 – 1919,” with below, “1939 – 1945” and World War 2 names:-

Dedications, Earlston War Memorial

Great War Names:-

Aikman – Forbes
Great War Names, War Memorial, Earlston

Gillie – Steedman:-

Earlston War Memorial, Great War Names

Slassor – Young:-

War Memorial, Earlston, Great War Names

Replica Commandant’s House, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

I mentioned the replica of the Commandant’s House at Arbeia Fort, South Shields, in this post.

Replica Commandant’s House viewed from northeast:-

Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Viewed from southeast:-

Replica Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Commandant’s House and Barrack Block from northwest:-

Arbeia Fort, Commandant's House and Barrack Block

Entrance colonnade. Various rooms lead off it:-

Commandant's House

Colonnade and Frieze:-

Arbeia Fort Commandant's House Colonnade and Frieze

As you would expect the rooms within the Commandant’s House are much better appointed than the barrack rooms were:-

Room, Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Room with cot:-

Room in Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Commandant’s Room:-

Commandant's Room, Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Private Room:-

Private Room, Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

Reception Room for meetings etc:-

Meeting Room, Commandant's House, Arbeia Fort

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

Barnard Castle War Memorial

This is an obelisk on a square based stepped plinth and lies in the grounds of the Bowes Museum.

There is a wood carving/sculpture to its left in this view:-

Barnard Castle War Memorial

Facing view:-

War Memorial, Barnard Castle

Great War Dedication, “Pro Patria 1914 – 1919. In grateful remembrance of the men of Barnard Castle of all ranks who fell in the Great War. For God and King and Right they gave their all,” and names F Allison – P Finn:-

War Memorial, Barnard Castle Great War Dedication

Second World War Dedication, “In memory of those who fell in the Second World War 1939- 1945,” names for World War 2, and, “They died that we might live.”

Second World War Dedication, War Memorial, Barnard Castle

Great War names, W Fleet – T B Kipling:-

Great War Names Barnard Castle War Memorial

Great War names E Lee – C H Smith:-

War Memorial, Barnard Castle, Great War Names

Great War names, J T Smith – R E Young. Bowes Museum in background:-

Barnard Castle War Memorial Great War Names

DLI Memorial, Barnard Castle

Three photographs of the memorial to the men of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) which lies in the grounds of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

DLI Memorial, Barnard Castle

Dedication: “To all ranks of the old Barnard Castle Militia, Durham LI, who died for their country Aug 1914 – Nov 1918.”

Dedication DLI War Memorial, Barnard Castle

The reverse carries the symbol of the DLI:-

DLI symbol, DLI War Memorial, Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle Interior (ii)

Between the Town Ward and Inner Ward of Barnard Castle there is a strange thing to find inside a castle’s perimeter: a valley, seen below with the modern wooden bridge across it.

Interior Panorama, Barnard Castle

This ruin is to the left as you look in the above photo:-

Barnard Castle Internal Ruin

Interior valley seen from the bridge:-

Interior of Barnard Castle,Teeside

Valley from above:-

Valley Inside Barnard Castle

North west corner building (circular tower to right):-

Barnard Castle, Corner Building

From top of circular tower:-

Interior of Barnard  Castle, Teeside

Weir and bridge over River Tees from the castle:-

Weir and Bridge from Barnard Castle

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