In 1889, the the “Alnwick and County Gazette and Steam Printing Co., Limited” published the second Edition of “A Historical Guide to Alnwick, and the immediate neighbourhood, Containing Valuable Information Relating to the TOWN CASTLE, AND BARONY. Also, a Minute Survey and Description of the Recent Excavations at ALNWICK ABBEY and HOLN PRIORY, Together with Other Objects of Interest in the District.” by George Skelly. … Continue reading Walks about the town
From the middle of the 18th century enclosure combined with rising population led to rural poverty. Various initiatives aimed to offer land to the poor so that they were better able to provide for themselves but these initiatives had little impact until the 1830’s. Then fear of unrest as soldiers returned from the Napoleonic wars, … Continue reading Allotments
The need to isolate those with a contagious disease has long been understood, and “pest houses” or “plague houses” date back to the 1400s. In response to the Great Plague of 1665 Charles-II stipulated that every parish must identify a house for isolation of those with the “pestilence”. Specialist isolation hospitals were introduced in London … Continue reading Alnwick Fever Hospital
Travelling along Denwick lane it’s apparent that work is under way just above Denwick Bridge. This is part of an initiative by Northumberland Rivers Trust to improve fish and eel passage at five sites on the River Aln in conjunction with Northumberland Estates. Next to Denwick Bridge an existing fish pass is being replaced, and … Continue reading Works at Denwick Upper Weir
Here’s a thing: a site where you can search for different place names on 1900 Ordnance Survey maps. This is a map of places called “Alnwick”, but you can also zoom in to find local street and place names, quarries, or footpaths. Start <here> Thanks to the National Library of Scotland.
Today the Times reports that Alnwick has been identified as one of the worst towns in the North-East for public transport. The article is based on a CPRE report called Transport Deserts: the absence of transport choice in England’s small towns. There is plenty of room for improvement in Alnwick’s public transport services, and nothing … Continue reading Is Alnwick a transport desert?
We’re looking to report examples of Alnwick’s broken Bus Stop signs. Here are two: outside the old library and outside the Youth Hostel on Green Batt. The council knows about these. Can you point us in the direction of others? Update on 10th Feb: there are just over sixty bus stops across Alnwick, and we’ve … Continue reading Customised bus stop signs