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November 2015

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The Crawley Tower seen from the Powburn- Glanton road. Northumberland.
A close-up of the remains of Crawley Tower. Powburn, Northumberland.
In 1312 Crawley tower was acquired by Sir Roger Heron whose son John was given license to crenellate in 1343. In the fortifications list on 1541it was noted as in decay. It has been incorporated into the farm that now occupies the site that stands above the village of Powburn, Northumberland.
The field oppsite Crawley Tower may well have been the site of an Iron Age, Hill Fort. On my visit a cockrel paces out his territory. Powburn, Northumberland.
The narrow lane from Crawley tower down to the Village of Powburn. with a view over to the Cheviot Hills. Powburn, Northumberland.
Rusting agricultural implements In a field near Hemmel House on the Powburn to Glanton road. Northumberland.
A signpost and the ironmongers In Glanton Village. In 1648 during the Civil war, 180 Royalist troops camping overnight un-guarded in Glanton were captured by Parliamentary troops under the command of Colonel Sanderson.

The village at the junction of five roads. It was rebuilt in 1763 during the completion of the Northumberland section of the London to Edinburgh road through Newcastle to Kelso. Northumberland.

The road to Alnwick leaves the village sharply downhill. Glanton. Northumberland.
Blyth Harbour
The sculpture "Spirit of the Staithes" was part of a regeneration programme for this area of Blyth. designed by Sunderland born Simon Packard. Northumberland.
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The twisted steel in "Spirit of the Staithes" has at its extremities some delicate panels almostlike lace , Northumberland.
A close-up of one of the panels in "Spirit of the Staithes" Blyth, Northumberland.
I was drawn to the harbour with the news that these large vessels had taken Blyth as a temporary berth due to the down-turn in the activity of the oilfields around Aberdeen in Scotland. Blyth Harbour, Northumberland.
Superstucture of the "Skandi Carla" at Blyth Harbour, Northumberland.
Another visitor berthed on the left bank near the Hoppers previously used when the ALCAN smelter was in operation. Blyth harbour, Northumerland.
They were having great fun in the river with this lifeoat the smaller boat was nudging it into position. Blyth Harbour, Northumberland.
On the way home a happy dog at South Beach, Blyth, Northumberland.
I knew that I was missing something with the staithes sculpture and found it on James Scott's Art website.

The panels align to form the shape of a train.

Trains carried coal to the harbour and operated in their heyday up at the level shown in the sculpture.

Northumberland is England's Secret !


Out and About( yorkshire/ Scotland). Whittingham Village
Garden Butterflies, Woodhorn Colliery (Weeping Window),Warkworth.
Allan Banks - Plankey Mill. Shillmoor Law.
Seahouses Harbour, A trip down the River Tyne
Spring blossom, Seaton Sluice.
Ellingham Chathill, Belsay Hall
Newbiggin by the Sea, Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
Simonside Hills, Belsay - Capheaton
Newton on the Moor, Guyzance, High Whittle.
Best of 2014, Bardon Mill 2