Carrier warehouse

Wood’s 1827 map of Alnwick shows a Carrier Warehouse belonging to Mr Graham, just north of Bondgate Tower.

In 1827 William Graham was making two trips a week to Newcastle: one on Monday, returning on Wednesday, and one on Thursday returning on Saturday.

At the time there were more than forty carriers serving nearly thirty different destinations from fifteen different locations in Alnwick. Eight of them used the Northumberland Arms (neighbouring the White Swan), five used the Angel on Fenkle Street, and five used the White Hart (at the bottom of St Michael’s Lane). There was one other carrier who travelled to Newcastle: William Coxton, who left from Clayport.

When Wood drew his map in 1827, there had been a carrier called William Graham travelling the Alnwick / Newcastle route for nearly fifty years. William Graham appears as a carrier in 1778, thirty years after the Cow-Causey and Buckton Burn Turnpike Trust was established. After Wood drew his map the service would continue for nearly twenty more years. It ended in 1847, the year that Alnmouth Station opened. Over a period of nearly 70 years it seems likely that there was more than one carrier called William Graham. Perhaps a father and son.

Their destination in Newcastle was the “Fox and Lamb” in Pilgrim Street. The “Fox and Lamb” was demolished in 1893 to build an office for the National Telephone Company. That went, in turn, to build the Swan House Roundabout in 1963. In colour <here>

W.H. Knowles drew the Fox and Lamb for an article in Archaeologia Aeliana Series 2. Vol 16

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