Running On Fumes  –  The Rookhope Chimney

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

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

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...
Animals of Weardale

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...
Dovecotes

Dovecotes

Dovecotes, also known as pigeon lofts or culverhouses, were probably introduced to the UK by the Normans, and provided a nesting house for pigeons, which could then be domesticated and farmed on a large scale. In the Middle Ages only the lords of the Manor and the...
Waterfalls of Weardale

Waterfalls of Weardale

Q  Why has Weardale got so many waterfalls? A   Its geology.  300 million years ago the North Pennines, which were then located near the equator, were covered alternately by shallow tropical seas and river deltas, resulting in alternate layers of the bones of sea...