MOVING ONWARDS

After leaving Holy Island, we are heading towards Banbury with just a couple of stops on the way. A quick stop for coffee in Alnwick, Northumberland, a visit to the famous Fountains Abbey (next post) and a night at the Station Hotel in Birstwith, North Yorkshire.

Entrance to Greenwell Lane, Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, England UK


The George, 63 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, England UK


Robertson’s Fountain, Cobbles, Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, England UK

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Pauperhaugh Bridge, River Coquet, Pauperhaugh, Longframlington, Northumberland, England UK

This is an old bridge built by the Duke of Northumberland and then adopted by the County in 1888. With its five stone arches is one of the most attractive on the Coquet and is a Grade II Listed Building.

During the months of October and November when the Coquet is in full spate,  the salmon and sea trout leaping onto the stone apron and swimming with grim deternination upstream to their spawning beds can be witnessed.


Sheep, River Coquet, Pauperhaugh, Longframlington, Northumberland, England UK


River Coquet, Pauperhaugh, Longframlington, Northumberland, England UK


Church of St Mary, Studley Royal, Chair Walk, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England UK

The Church of St Mary, Studley Royal, is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style. It is located in the grounds of Studley Royal Park at Fountains Abbey, in North Yorkshire, England. It was commissioned by the 1st Marquess of Ripon as a memorial church to Frederick Grantham Vyner, his brother-in-law. It is one of two such churches, the other being the Church of Christ the Consoler at Skelton-on-Ure.

Frederick Vyner had been murdered by Greek bandits in 1870 in an event known as the Dilessi massacre. A significant ransom had been demanded, and in part collected, before his death. His mother, Lady Mary Vyner, and his sister, Lady Ripon, used the unspent ransom to build the two churches in his memory.


Pheasant, Fountains Abbey Grounds, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England UK


Majestic Tree, Fountains Abbey Grounds, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England UK


The Bar, The Station Hotel, Birstwith, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England UK


First View of The Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England UK


BAMBURGH CASTLE

Whilst staying on Holy Island, it was a short drive down the coast to the village of Bamburgh where we were able to visit the historic castle.

Bamburgh Castle, is on the northeast coast of England, by the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland and is a Grade I listed building.

The site was originally the location of a Celtic Brittonic fort known as Din Guarie and may have been the capital of the kingdom of Bernicia from its foundation c. 420 to 547. In that last year, it was captured by King Ida of Bernicia. After passing between the Britons and the Anglo-Saxons three times, the fort came under Anglo-Saxon control in 590. The fort was destroyed by Vikings in 993, and the Normans later built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one. After a revolt in 1095 supported by the castle’s owner, it became the property of the English monarch.

In the 17th century, financial difficulties led to the castle deteriorating, but it was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was finally bought by the Victorian era industrialist William Armstrong, who completed its restoration. The castle still belongs to the Armstrong family and is their private home. It is open to the public.

[Wikipedia]

The view of the village from the castle walls

Etched into the walls of the “dungeon”

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Nesting birdUhtred of Bebbanburg

Bamburgh, under its Saxon name Bebbanburg, is the home of Uhtred Uhtredson, the main character in Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories. He is one of the few characters in the show “The Last Kingdom”to be fictional. The book series became a TV series and this character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg is loosely based on Uhtred the Bold, an ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016.

LINDISFARNE – HOLY ISLAND III

This post is primarily the ruins of the historic Lindisfarne Priory.

English Heritage – The history of the priory.


Headstones, St Mary’s Churchyard, , Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Hope Family Headstones, St Mary’s Churchyard, , Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Statue, St Aidan, Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Monument to St Aidan, Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

After a number of Viking raids, St Cuthbert’s coffin was removed from Lindisfarne and eventually buried in Durham Cathedral. As no evidence of his original shrine survives, English Heritage has commissioned a new monument, designed by sculptor Russ Coleman, to mark where the saint’s original burial place and the site of the miracles may have been located. Made from a large basalt boulder found locally, the monument in inset with Frosterley marble as a nod to the grave slab that marks St Cuthbert’s final resting place at Durham. Sitting on a Swaledale fossil plinth, which was found in the region and contains sea creature fossils, the monument stands within the ruins of the 12th-century priory, which claims direct descent from the early monastery.


Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


LINDISFARNE – HOLY ISLAND II

Admiral Fitzroy’s Storm Barometer, Crown & Anchor Pub, The Market Place, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Gateway & Path to Village, The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Navigation Beacons at North End of Ross Links, Middleton, Northumberland, England UK

The Beacons are called Guile Point (the easterly one) and Heugh Hill (westerly) or sometimes Guile Point East & West, Old Law, and are described as wooden interior, stone clad obelisks, established in 1826. They are 21m and 24m high respectively, solar powered lights were added in the early 1990’s and they mark safe passage for vessels approaching Holy Island Harbour.


Anglo-Saxon Archaeological Ruins & Lookout Tower, The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Possibly the the remains of the oldest Anglo-Saxon church in Northumbria. The church is thought to date to between A.D. 630 and 1050, most likely on the earlier end of the span, and may have been built on the same site where St. Aidan raised a wooden church in A.D. 635.


War Memorial (Cenotaph), The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

The great wave of memorial building after the First World War resulted in thousands of commemorative monuments being raised both at home and on the battlefield. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens was the most outstanding designer to work in this field. This is one of 15 War Crosses designed by Lutyens, sharing a broadly similar design. The earliest to be erected was at Miserden, Gloucestershire, in 1920; the latest at Station Road, York, in 1925.

In 1902, Lutyens had been commissioned by Edward Hudson to convert the C16 Lindisfarne Castle into a residential property. It is assumed that the commission for the war memorial arose because of the work that Lutyens had undertaken for Hudson. Lutyens donated his services to the War Memorial Committee. The memorial was carved in Doddington stone by Mr Tully of Belford; Lutyens chose this stone to chime with the stone of Lindisfarne Priory. At a well-attended ecumenical service, on 4 June 1922, the memorial was unveiled by Major Morley Crossman DSO and dedicated by Rev WB Hall.

An inscription to commemorate those local servicemen who died fighting during the Second World War was added at a later date. Following storm damage which broke the shaft in the winter of 1983-4, the top of the memorial was replaced.

Sir Edwin Lutyens OM RA (1869-1944) was the leading English architect of his generation. Before the First World War his reputation rested on his country houses and his work at New Delhi, but during and after the war he became the pre-eminent architect for war memorials in England, France and the British Empire. While the Cenotaph in Whitehall (London) had the most influence on other war memorials, the Thiepval Arch was the most influential on other forms of architecture. He designed the Stone of Remembrance which was placed in all Imperial War Graves Commission cemeteries and some cemeteries in England, including some with which he was not otherwise associated.

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St Cuthbert’s Island from The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

A tidal island that is accessible by foot at low tide. – The RNLI Museum is on the right,


Relic, The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Ruins Adjacent to the Lookout Tower, The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

16th century castle converted to a residence in 1902 by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson.

Images taken from inside the glassed-in lookout tower


Crown & Anchor Inn, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

The pub dates to 1827


Door, Crown & Anchor Inn, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Former GPO Marker, Market Place, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Not as old as it looks –  it used to mark where a telephone cable runs by displaying the distance in Feet using up to three interchangeable numbers.


Britannia Cottage, Crossgates Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Mustard Close, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


RNLI Museum, Mustard Close, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Emblems, RNLI Museum, Mustard Close, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

The Old Lifeboat House was restored in 2015, 50 years after the last lifeboat was taken out of service on the island (there is now a volunteer Coastguard contingent on the island). It features an exhibition telling the story of the Lifeboats on the island, and is dedicated to the Lifeboat crews and islanders with a connection to the service.

The first lifeboat, the Grace Darling, a ten-oar boat, was introduced to Holy Island in 1865.

The last lifeboat (Gertrude) was launched for the last time on 4 October 1967, before she was transferred to Exmouth in Devon. Following the introduction of advanced navigation technology and the use of helicopters both for sea rescues and to evacuate casualties from the island, there was a decreased need for the lifeboat service, though the RNLI services from Seahouses and Berwick are still used.

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These plates are either side of the doorway to the museum.

A common use today for the service:


Window, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Rear Garden Gate, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Iron Rails Cottage, Front Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Sign Post, Front Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Rural Land behind the Coast Guard Station, 2 St Cuthberts Square, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Old Pumps, Coast Guard Station, St Cuthberts Square, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Broken & Abandoned, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Anchor Chain Links, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Boat Shed, The Ouse, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Herring Boats, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Old herring fishing boats no longer seaworthy, brought ashore and upturned to convert to storage shelters


The Ouse, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Lindisfarne Harbour Wall, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Crab-Lobster Pots, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Fishing Boats, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Fisherman’s Boat, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Fisherman’s Hut, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Coastal Rocks, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Osborne’s Fort, Lindisfarne Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Built in 1671 as fortifications to supplement Lindisfarne Castle and defend against Dutch Raids.

History:


Lindisfarne Castle across the Harbour, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Old Post Office House, Fenkle Street View, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Wall Lamp, Manor House Hotel, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Celtic Cross, Market Place, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

The cross was rebuilt in 1828 on the site of a medieval cross, and is Listed Grade II, including the railings.


Shipwrecked Mariners Society Charity Collection, Market Place, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

The Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariners Royal Benevolent Society. 16 Wilfred Street, London SW1.

Founded 1839:


Sundial, Market Place, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Included in the listing with the cross


Rain Barrel, Crossgates Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


RNLI Commemoration Plates, Crossgates Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

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RNLI Plaque, Crossgates Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Rosella Cottage, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Exhibit, Lindisfarne Priory Museum, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Derelict Shed, St Cuthbert’s Beach, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Stone Remnants, St Cuthbert’s Beach, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Steps to Gateway, St Cuthbert’s Beach, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Path & Gate to Mustard Close, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Flowers, Mustard Close, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Gate at Entrance to the Priory Ruins, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


In Memory, St Mary’s Churchyard, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Inscription:

Erected to the memory of eleven of the crew of the Holmrook S. S. who lost their lives through the vessel being wrecked on the False Emanuel Head, Holy Island 26th March 1892, of whom are buried here
W. B. Baines, Master
James Skinner
John James
A. Wilkinson
William Taylor
W. H. Robson
S. Haggerson
H. R. Guthrie
and another unidentified
John Nye

The story here:


Nesting Birds, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

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Headstone, Henry Thomas McDonald, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

In
Memory
Of
Henry Thomas McDonald
Who was first in the
32nd and afterwards
Capt. in the 53rd Regt
And served long
In India
Died August 25th 1856
Aged 73 years
Also 2 of his sons
Died in infancy


Memorial Plaques, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Lindisfarne’s parish church of St Mary’s is thought to stand on the site of the wooden church built by St Aidan in 635 AD. Dating from between 1180 and 1300, the parish church is the oldest building on the island (older than the ruined Norman priory), though a round headed arch in the chancel, and a strange high level doorway, are certainly Saxon in style. Mostly, the church now dates from the 12th century.

The long nave could indicate that this is one of the churches of the original monastery, or it could have been built by the Christianised Vikings, for whom this was an important place.


“The Journey”, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Depiction of Monks carrying Cuthbert’s coffin away from Holy Island to protect it from Viking raiders.

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Headstone, John Morton, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Headstone, George Murray, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Headstone, St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK



LINDISFARNE – HOLY ISLAND I

Lindisfarne, also called Holy Island, is a tidal island off the north-east coast of Northumberland, England.  Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD; it was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan, Cuthbert, Eadfrith, and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. The island was originally home to a monastery, which was destroyed during the Viking invasions but re-established as a priory following the Norman Conquest of England.



Lindisfarne Priory, Holy island, Northumberland, England UK

Holy Island – is one of the most important centres of early English Christianity. Irish monks settled here in AD 635 and the monastery became the centre of a major saint’s cult celebrating its bishop, Cuthbert. The masterpiece now known as the Lindisfarne Gospels was created here in the early 8th century. The ruins now visible are those of a 12th-century priory, which claimed direct descent from the early monastery.

English Heritage History

Historic England Listing


View to Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Lindisfarne’s parish church of St Mary’s is thought to stand on the site of the wooden church built by St Aidan in 635 AD. Dating from between 1180 and 1300, the parish church is the oldest building on the island (older than the ruined Norman priory), though a round headed arch in the chancel, and a strange high level doorway, are certainly Saxon in style. Mostly, the church now dates from the 12th century.

The long nave could indicate that this is one of the churches of the original monastery, or it could have been built by the Christianised Vikings, for whom this was an important place.


Headstone, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

I have not been able to find any information on this particular grave.


Askew Family Headstones, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Names:
Elizabeth Ann Askew – 1772 – 1857
Hugh Bertram Askew – 1785 – 1868
Isabel Askew – 1780 – 1864
John Askew – 1732 – 1794


Unknown Tomb, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Headstone of Lancelot Wilson, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Lancelot Wilson – d. 15 May 1822 Aged 77
Elizabeth Wilson – d. 2 October 1799
Joyce Wilson – d.14 June 1801
Ann Wilson d. 17 September 1802
Anne Wilson – d. unknown


Old Headstone, Graveyard, St Mary’s, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

” Here lyeth the Body of Mr Alexander Nicolson who being 10 years Minister of the Gospel in Holy Island Departed this life the 31st day of August 1711 and his age 65 “


‘Filled In’, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


St Aidan Statue, Lindisfarne Priory Grounds, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

In need of urgent preservation.


The Manor House Hotel & Car Park Entry, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II, Manor House Hotel, Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


793 Spirits Co., Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Holiday Rentals, Farne Court (top) & Farne View (bottom), Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Holiday Rentals, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


The Ship Inn, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Sally’s Cottage, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Stone Carving, T Wilson 1792, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Again, I have been unsuccessful in finding information on this.


To Kyle Gardens, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


The Lindisfarn Gospel Garden, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

Note the lack of an “e” on Lindisfarn


Laneway, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Entrance Door, Marygate House, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UKMarygate House Rear View, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Entrance Door, Town View Cottage, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Residential Property, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Bird Boxes, Victoria Cottage, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


St Cuthbert’s Centre United Reformed Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Gate, Vicarage, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Flowers, St Mary’s Church, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Inscription on Gate, Lewin’s Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you “plant.


Priory Ruins, from St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Lindisfarne, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


Old Post Office House, Market Place, Holy Island, Northumberland, England UK


NORTH BERWICK & DUNBAR

On the way to our next stay, we passed through two wonderful towns that are well worth the stopover.

North Berwick & Dunbar

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St Andrew’s Church, Kirk Ports, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

Category B Listed building and a National Monument.

St Andrew’s at Kirk Ports continued to be the main church in North Berwick, with renovations and extensions taking place for over two centuries. In the 19th century, a population boom caused by growing industry led to its space for 500 churchgoers to become insufficient. The town’s second St Andrew’s held its last service one year and two days short of the 220th anniversary of its inauguration, on June 3, 1883. The third St Andrew’s held its first services just a week later.

The current ruin status of the second kirk was partly by design, as it was decided that upon moving the religious services to the new church, this older one was to have its roof disassembled and the rest of the building stripped of the most valuable materials. The walls would be allowed to stand to become what it is now: a ‘picturesque ruin’.

View an information pamphlet here:


War Memorial, Cnr Quality Street and East Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Victorian Era Street Lamp, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Commemoration Tree, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

Inscription:

This sycamore tree was planted by King Edward VII on October 10th 1902 to commemoration the Royal visit to North Berwick in the year of his coronation.


Street Sign, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

….and not a box of chocolates in sight….


The Lodge, Walltower House, East Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

Originally Well Tower, named due to nearby (now covered) well.


The Ship Inn, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Zitto Wine Bar & Restaurant, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


No. 12, Hotel & Bistro, Quality Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Former Blackadder Free Church, Cnr Forth Street & Victoria Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

This is now a Baptist church

Information on John Blackadder here:


St Andrew Blackadder Church, High Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Bronze Church Bell, St Andrew Blackadder Church, St Andrew Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

The bell dates to 1642


County Police Station Sign, High Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Pink, Police Station Flower Pots, High Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Dog’s Head Door Knocker, 74 High Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Street Sign, Kirk Ports, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


West Bay, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Bass Rock, Canty Bay, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

The rock is uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit, and later was the site of an important castle, which after the Commonwealth period was used as a prison. The island belongs to Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple, whose family acquired it in 1706, and before to the Lauder family for almost six centuries. The Bass Rock Lighthouse was constructed on the rock in 1902, and the remains of an ancient chapel survive.


Craigleith, Firth of Forth, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK

Craigleith is part of a chain of four islands near North Berwick, along with Bass Rock, Fidra and the Lamb. Of these, it is the closest to the town’s harbour.


North Berwick across Milsey Bay, Haugh Road Beach, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Former Dunbar Tolbooth, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland UK

The first municipal building in Dunbar was a tolbooth which dated back at least to the first half of the 16th century. After it became dilapidated, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style with harled rubble masonry from a quarry at Innerwick to create the current structure which was completed in 1593.

Used as a council chamber and as a courthouse. It was the venue for the trials and convictions of some 73 women accused of witchcraft, for which the penalty was execution by strangulation and burning.


Mercat Cross, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland UK

The charter of 1370 by David II King of Scots establishing Dunbar as a burgh of barony required, among other things, the erection of a “public mercat cross”, to be the location of a weekly market. “[Mercat” – Scottish version of “Market”.]

The cross that stands in front of Dunbar Town House is not the original one. It was placed there in 1912 when it was assembled from fragments of different dates, the ashlar octagonal shaft then being thought to have been part of the historic cross. Research into its’ history continues, but present evidence suggests it can best be described as being representative of a possible succession of crosses that stood in the High Street from 1370 to the mid-18th century.


Statue Dedicated to John Muir, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland UK

A romanticized Peter Pan-like statue of world famous conservationist John Muir born in Dunbar 1838, then emigrated to the USA in 1849.  Muir became a naturalist and founded the National Parks in the States, beginning with Yosemite, California. Further details from John Muir’s Birthplace museum, 128 High Street. In October 1997, the bronze statue was unveiled by Magnus Magnusson, inquisitor of the television quiz Mastermind.

Sculptor Valentin Znoba (1929-2006)was born in the Ukraine. Studied at Ukraine Institute of Fine Art between 1947 and 1953. Participated in many exhibitions in Europe, the UK and elsewhere. Between 1995 and 1997, Znoba executed several other works in Scotland, notably Freedom – a  bronze of Sir William   Wallace astride a rearing  horse now in the   possession of Abertay University, Dundee


Pub Sign, The Eagle Inn, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Black Bull Close, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland UK


Eyemouth Beach, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders, Scotland UK



KIRKCALDY, FIFE, SCOTLAND

Our last day at South Queensferry, we made sure we took the train across the famous Forth Rail Bridge (and back) and then drove to Kirkcaldy in Fife, the long way around by driving to the Kincardine Bridge. We returned via the newer Queensferry Crossing Bridge so have now crossed all three Forth bridges.


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Remembrance Monument, The Rail Bridge Bistro, Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Inscription:-
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE THOUSANDS OF MEN AND BOYS WHO WORKED ON THE FORTH RAIL BRIDGE AND THOSE WHO DIED DURING ITS CONSTRUCTION


Train from Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh-Aberdeen Line, Dalmeny, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Forth Road Bridges, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Train Emerging from Tunnel, Fife Circle Line, North Queensferry Railway Station, Fife, Scotland UK


Tanker Berthed, Hound Point Terminal, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Former Coast Guard Quarters, Battery Road, North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland UK

Former accommodation of married Coast Guard officers, patrolmen and their families. The property was effected as a result of the Forth Bridge Railway Act of 1873, which gave the Company the right to acquire the old Coast Guard Station to make way for the building of the then new Forth Bridge. However, the Company was obliged to construct suitable new Coast Guard buildings to the satisfaction of the Admiralty. It was as late as 1911 before the site was disponed to the Admiralty by the Bridge Company, the site being occupied between 1873-1911 under the terms of the Act. In 1899 the Royal Navy took over an area of the site and formed a gun battery which was used during the First World War. Prior to this, the six cottages were built between 1882 and 1883 as a Coast Guard Station and these consisted of an officer’s house, five cottages and a Watch House, also known as High Battery (formally to E of cottages). The present signal station tower was erected around 1917 and it was at this time that the Coast Guard Station was dis-used. The cottages were used between the Wars to accommodate the Forth River Pilots. It is understood that there were no gun emplacements on the site during the Second World War. The existing external WCs became redundant and are now used as stores.


Inchgarvie, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Uninhabited now but was inhabited at various periods going back to late 15th century. The place has quite an interesting history that can be read here;


Betty Nicols, 297 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Historical documentation for the property dates back to 1741 for a hostelry on the site and the pub as it is now was built as an exact replica of the original in 1902 with a plaque on the outside of the building confirming this.
The pub has a reputation for ghosts and there have been several visits from psychics and the Scottish Paranormal Society, who have found activity in all parts of the pub. In particular the cellar area, which is part of the original building and is reputed to be built on a monks’ cemetery, has a strange atmosphere and presence and the lounge area is said to be haunted by a man and dog. The cellar area, where the outlook was to the sea, contains a blocked up tunnel which is believed to have been used by smugglers in bygone years and during the Second World War Polish airmen were billeted in the cellar area.


Former King’s Theatre, 262 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Masonic Hall, West Quality Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Inscription above door:-

“MASONIC HALL. PRESENTED BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE EARL OF ROSSLYN 1890”
A church from 1845 and a Masonic Hall from 1890.


Dysart Toll Booth & Town House, Cnr High, Cross & Victoria Streets, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Built in 1576 and seriously damaged by Cromwell’s troops storing munitions that caused an explosion in 1651. Extensively restored in 2009.
Category A Listed Building.

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Steps, Dysart Toll Booth & Town House, Cnr High, Cross & Victoria Streets, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Inscription in pavement:

“The Royal Burgh of Dysart’s mercat cross stood near to this spot”

Dysart Toll Booth & Town House, Cnr High, Cross & Victoria Streets, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Formerly The Mechanics Institute, 54-56 High Street, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Baxters was a pub but is now permanently closed.


Coat of Arms, The Mechanics Institute, High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

” Sigil. de Dysert.” The “General Armory,” however, blazons this as a coat-of arms, with the field argent and the tree proper.

The Pineapple emblem may be associated with William of Wallace.


Coastal View to West Wemyss, The Walk, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Saipem 7000 & Fidra Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Oil Platform, Firth of Forth, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


“The Walk”, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


St Serf’s Church Tower, Shore Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

St Serf’s is a 6 storey church tower dating to around 1500. St Serf’s church was abandoned in 1802 and demolished in 1807 and only the tower and cemetery remains now.


Erosion Defences, Beach Front, Pan Ha’, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Oil Rigs, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Boat on a Slip, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Stone Breakwater, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Stone Breakwater & Slipway, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Derelict Harbourside Building, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK


Harbourmaster’s House, Hot Pot Wynd, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland UK

Now operates as a Café


Lamp, Car Park, Hawes Inn, Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK



INCHCOLM ABBEY RUINS

If you are in this part of the world then a visit to this historic site is well worth while.

Inchcolm Abbey is a medieval abbey located on the island of Inchcolm in the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The Abbey, which is located at the centre of the island, was founded in the 12th century. Later tradition placed it even earlier, in the reign of King Alexander I of Scotland (1107–24), who had taken shelter on Incholm when his ship was forced ashore during a storm in 1123. It is said he resided there for three days with the Hermit of Incholm.

The Abbey was first used as a priory by Augustinian canons regular, becoming a full abbey in 1235. The island was attacked by the English from 1296 onwards, and the Abbey was abandoned after the Scottish Reformation in 1560. It has since been used for defensive purposes, as it is situated in a strategically important position in the middle of the Firth of Forth.

Inchcolm Abbey has the most complete surviving remains of any Scottish monastic house. The cloisters, chapter house, warming house, and refectory are all complete, and most of the remaining claustral buildings survive in a largely complete state. The least well-preserved part of the complex is the monastic church.

In July 1581 stones from the abbey were taken to Edinburgh to repair the Tolbooth


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Inchcolm Abbey Ruins, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK



 

INCHCOLM ISLAND VISIT

A day outing while in South Queensferry is to take the tour boat from Hawes Pier (right outside our hotel) to Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth.

The island has been the subject of raids by the British during Scotland Wars of Independence and more recently fortified as defence for Edinburgh in both World Wars. This post covers the trip to and from the island and a view of some of the defensive positions.


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Tugboats, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

These tugs service the shipping attending the nearby “Hound Point” oil facility.

Corringham     (top)      Hopetoun     (bottom)


Hound Point Oil Terminal, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Hound Point is a marine terminal off a rocky headland of that name on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, Scotland, just east of the Forth Bridge at South Queensferry. Built by BP and opened in 1975, it is owned and operated by Ineos as an oil-export terminal for North Sea oil and is the largest such facility in Scotland. It is supposedly named for the legend of a hound who howled after its master died in the crusades.


Hound Point Oil Terminal & Forth Rail Bridge, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Gnome Rock, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Old Dock, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Bay, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Towards Edinburgh, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Rock Strewn Beach, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Rocky Hillside, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Pathway to Wartime Defence Positions, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Tunnel Remains, Middle Defences, Inchcolm, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Wartime Fortifications, Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland UK


Seals, Navigation Buoy 17, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Below the Bridges, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Queensferry Crossing      Forth Road Bridge     Forth Rail Bridge


Queensferry Crossing Bridge, Firth of Forth, Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

This is the second road bridge to cross The Firth of Forth and was opened in 2017.


Forth Road Bridge, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland. The bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside the United States. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. It replaced a centuries-old ferry service to carry vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians across the Forth; railway crossings are made by the nearby Forth Bridge, opened in 1890.


Forth Rail Bridge Pylon, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Coloured                                            Black & White


SOUTH QUEENSFERRY

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Firth of Forth Bridges, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The “Forth Rail Bridge” on the right, was opened in 1890 and is a UNESCO Wold Heritage site. The “Forth Road Bridge” the central bridge was opened 1963 and the newest bridge is “Queensferry Crossing” which opened in 2017 and is on the far left.

South Queensferry Lighthouse, Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

A category B listed building since 1971, it was built by the Scottish civil engineer John Rennie in 1812, probably in collaboration with Robert Stevenson of Bell Rock fame, and is contemporary with the pier itself (also a Rennie work). It was a beacon to guide the ferry which operated between Hawes Pier and North Queensferry before being made redundant by the construction of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964.

Rusted Mooring Ring, Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Hawes Pier, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The pier was also constructed by Rennie in 1812.

Old Roadside Marker, Edinburgh Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Former ‘Seals Craig Hotel‘, 23 Edinburgh Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Doors of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Brass Plate, Vennel Kirk, The Vennel, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The church has now been converted to a private residence.


Masonic Lodge & South Queensferry Mosaic Mural, The Vennel & Hawthorn Bank, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The first school in Queensferry was at the top end of the churchyard of the Old Parish Church in the Vennel. In July 1671, it was decided to build a school using local stonework, at the south end of churchyard. The school was ready for occupancy in 1672 and still stands today as the Masonic Lodge.

Residential Block, Brewery Close, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Jubliee Clock Tower from The Loan, South Queensferry, West Lothian. Scotland UK



“Loan House”, 10 The Loan, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Category B Listed Building
The property fell vacant in the later 20th century and was gutted by fire in 1987. In 1990 the building was restored, with the addition of a north wing, by Douglas Abrahams and Partners for use as offices. As a result of the fire the original interior was lost and the interior of the building had to be rebuilt. Now Scottish Motor Trading Association Offices.

“Priory Lodge”, 8 The Loan, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Category c Listed Building – 19th century gothic. This house is the only example of this style in the town centre.

Plewlands House, Cnr The Loan & Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Plate – The National Trust for Scotland

Door – Marriage Lintel

The inscription above the door reads :-

[SPES MEA CHRISTUS, ‘Christ is my Hope’, and an anchor which indicates the occupation of the owner of the house. SW-AP were carved in relief with the year of the building, 1641.]

C.1641 – See its history here!


Priory Church of St Mary of Mount Carmel, Cnr Rose Lane & Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Now a grade A listed building, the Priory Church is the only Carmelite foundation in the British Isles still in use for regular worship, out of the 12 founded in Scotland and the 39 in England.
George, the Laird of Dundas, invited the Carmelite Friars to come and settle in Queensferry around 1330. They were in temporary buildings until a century later. Architectural style suggests this was built no earlier than 1457.

Door Knocker, Priory Church of St Mary of Mount Carmel, Cnr Rose Lane & Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


“1884”, Rose Lane, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any information to identify this symbol. It does look like what may have been an early Masonic Symbol.

Bellstane Bird, Bellstane, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Bellstane takes its name from the ringing of the bell which was rung to tell people the market was about to start. The actual bell is now in Queensferry museum.


Harbour Lane, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Bay View, Gote Lane, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Forth Rail Bridge, Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Slipway, Gote Lane, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Dedication Plaque, Rosebery Hall, High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK


Memorial to John Reid, High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Inscription:- In Memory Of
John Reid
Provost of the Burgh
Of South Queensferry
1884 – 1899

Waterside Residential, High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

“Black Castle”, 43 High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Category “A” Listed Building c. 1626. In 1626 mariner and explorer Willam Lowrie built the house for him and his wife Marion Speddie to live in and it is believed that the home would have originally been sandstone in colour. The name was most likely adopted during the “Witch Hunts” of the 1640s.

Scrolls, “Black Castle”, 43 High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

The upper floor of Black Castle has 3 sets of windows, each with carvings and scroll details. The eaves above two of the dormer windows bear the date of construction (1626), along with Lowrie’s and Speddie’s initials. (WL – MS)

See a history surrounding its macabre story.

Old Well Head, High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

A site where locals were able to draw water

Door Steps, Edinburgh Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Belhaven Sign, Anchor Inn, Edinburgh Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

Interior scenes of Hawes Inn, Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK

“Weihenstephan”, Orocco Pier Hotel, High Street, South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland UK