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Running On Fumes – The Rookhope Chimney

In the early 1800s long flue systems were installed at all the major smelt mills of the North Pennines ore field and locally at the smelt mills of Allendale, Ramshaw (near Blanchland), Allenheads, Rookhope , Nenthead and Castleside.  The flues extended long distances...

Gates Without Closure

Weardale’s beautiful sandstone gate posts were quarried, hand chiseled and set in place when labour was cheap, and when gate widths were determined by the needs of horse drawn vehicles.   (The English farm gate width had been set at six feet based on the width of the...

Baking The Daily Bread

Baking The Daily Bread - Weardale's Bread Ovens: Bread ovens, built into the wall of many Weardale houses from medieval times onwards, are one of the unsung features of the dale’s architectural landscape. The ovens appear as large round or square protuberances, like...

Animals of Weardale

Villagers and visitors are just two of the many different species of animal who come to the Weardale for a variety of specific reasons: to work, play, breed… Some are here merely to fatten themselves up and become food for others. Nature is as demanding in the...

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Scarecrows in Rookhope

If you go down to Rookhope today you're sure of a big surprise If you go down to Rookhope today you'd better go in disguise For every scarecrow that ever there was will gather there for a certain because Today's the day the scarecrows have their picnic... [su_heading...

Some Farmers Do av 'em

You will find some pretty exotic creatures in Weardale - and I don't just mean the locals! If one day, you find yourself amoungst Alpacas don't worry, it's quite normal... Click on any picture to get the slideshow   Yes, Alpacas in...

Spring Lambs

Spring would not be Spring - in Weardale - without the visit of Spring Lambs... They bounce, they jump, they fit through the fence, dodge cars and cause havoc, but we love them... (with mint sauce!) - only joking. Apologies to our vegetarian friends.  [su_heading...

Morris Dancing In Rookhope

Despite the greyness of the sky, there was plenty of colour and joy outside the Rookhope Inn. Several teams of morris dancers were entertaining the villagers on the 28th February 2015. Click on any image to start the slideshow. The Hexhamshire...

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