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Skating on the River Wear in February 1895

This photo was taken (we think) in February 1895. It shows people sweeping the ice on the river, perhaps preparing it for skating or maybe a curling competition. The location is just below Prebends Bridge.

February 1895 was one of the coldest Februaries ever recorded in Durham.

Noticeable is how little vegetation cloaks the slopes below the Cathedral. The building to the left of the photograph is the Old Fulling Mill.

Prebends Bridge can be seen in this photograph, everyone is skating!

The exact source of the photos is unknown.

Durham Castle at Halloween 2018

Durham Castle in the sunshine on the last day of October 2018. The weather was crisp and quite calm after a cold night before. The Castle is used for some ceremonies and houses Durham students during term time. It can be hired privately out of term.

picture of durham castle from beside the river wear

Durham Castle and the River Wear, Halloween 2018

More autumn colours in Durham, back in GMT again

The first day after the clocks returned to GMT was glorious early on, with bright cold conditions. Another walk by the riverbank shows the autumnal colours.

picture of a tree silhouetted against the background taken from pelaw wood
Majestic tree silhouetted in the bright morning sun.
picture of a panaromic view across the river wear from pelaw wood
Panoramic view from Pelaw Wood

 

Path through Pelaw Wood
Wildlife on the river

Durham Cathedral

Autumn colours shining through, October 2018

picture of debs striding out into the countryside around durham
Debs strides out into the countryside
picture of durham cathedral with the foreground lit
Durham Cathedral with foreground sunshine
picture of threatening dark clouds over durham
The clouds look threatening, but really weren’t
picture of people in a canoe on the river wear
Getting landlubbers ready for a paddling session
picture of trees with autumn foliage beside the river wear in durham
Fantastic autumn colours from the riverbank
picture of a fisherman on the river wear under a tree that is reflected in the water
A fisherman on the River Wear
picture of the riverside path beside the river wear with lots of people walking
The riverside path was quite busy in places
picture of my favourite allotment door which is tilted in a hedge
My favourite allotment door in the whole World!
picture of the repaired bankside after the landslide in pelaw wood
The repaired bankside after the landslip in Pelaw Wood
picture of the old father time windvane on top of the bandstand in durham, with blue sky to the background
Old Father Time weathervane on top of the Bandstand
picture of the durham cow statue next to the river wear in durham
The Durham Cow rests in the sunshine
picture of rowers beneath the autumn foliage with baths bridge over the river wear
Rowing beneath the Autumn foliage and Baths Bridge
picture from pelaw wood showing a highly coloured tree in the valley

Deep in Pelaw Wood, view from the Bridge

A cracking Spring day in May 2018. From Prebends Bridge

picture from prebends bridge showing durham cathedral
Durham Cathedral and The River Wear from Prebends Bridge

A gorgeous day in May 2018. View from Prebends Bridge looking towards Framwelgate Bridge. It was the precursor of a fantastic summer. The Durham Cathedral tower work continues, still shrouded in it’s protective covering. The stonemasons are replacing weathered stone blocks at the top of the Main Cathedral Tower, as they have become dangerous.

Prebends Bridge washed away in November 1771

 

The previous Prebends Bridge was washed away in a catastrophic flood on 17th November 1771. It was a storm that proved fatal to many North East bridges on both the Tyne and Wear, as well as many smaller tributaries.

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