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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Township

Posted by HelenEdith on September 14, 2008

After our ride on the steam train, we caught the anti-clockwise tram to the Township. There is a lot to see there, and we really didn’t get time to do it all justice, even though we missed out Pockerley Manor altogether.

I found the Township to be hugely nostalgic. I saw things that were still that way within my memories from the early 1960s, like the long counter in the grocer’s shop – and all the goods piled on shelves behind the counter with a movable ladder for the assistant to fetch them down. We also visited the draper, the garage, the sweet shop and the stationer’s – with the printer upstairs. I could go back and spend another day there easily!

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Township

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Pockerley Waggonway

Posted by HelenEdith on September 6, 2008

We left the Beamish Colliery Village via the woods and emerged on the other side of the Beamish site, where we took the path down to the Pockerley Waggonway.

A steam locomotove was providing short rides down there. The wrought iron weather vane was also noteworthy – and the engine driver proved photogenic!

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Pockerley Waggonway

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Colliery Village

Posted by HelenEdith on August 31, 2008

The next part of the Beamish site that we explored during our visit last year was the Colliery Village.

I particularly enjoyed looking around the school, set up with old-style desks just like I remember from my early years of primary school before we had a new school and inkwells went out and biros came in! I also enjoyed the row of miner’s cottages very much. They came complete with people acting out the daily life of the early 1900s.

There were also mine buildings to view, although we didn’t explore those in great detail and didn’t don hard hats and actually go down the old coal pit.

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Colliery Village

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Home Farm

Posted by HelenEdith on August 25, 2008

The first part of the Beamish site that we explored during our visit last year was the Home Farm.

I enjoyed looking around the implement sheds at the horse-drawn implements. I mostly remember these implements as being pulled by a tractor, but the actual design of the implements hasn’t changed much.

As well as the implements, the Home Farm keeps rare breeds, and we spent some time at the pond looking at the ducks and geese.

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Home Farm

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

Posted by HelenEdith on August 24, 2008

Most of my Beamish pictures have been edited for some time, but now I’m finally getting around to putting them up on my website.

The first instalment consists of pictures of the trams, the bus, and a form of transport that doesn’t actually go anywhere: the merry-go-round.

Here they are: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

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Website update: Yorkshire Holiday Travelogue

Posted by HelenEdith on October 22, 2007

I’ve put up a blog-style travelogue on my website with a page for each day we were away in Yorkshire.

We visited Fountains Abbey, the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham, Ripon Cathedral, the National Railway Museum in York, plus various dales, moors and waterfalls.

There will be more pictures along later, but for now you can read all about our holiday by clicking here. There’s one picture per page.

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