Thunderstorm, 1881

In our November newsletter we included a chronology of bad flooding in Alnwick since the middle of the 18th century. But floods are not the only extreme weather conditions we might experience. For example, here’s the story of an exceptional thuderstorm, in 1881. Thunderstorm at Alnwick Yesterday afternoon a thunderstorm of exceptional violence passed over … Continue reading Thunderstorm, 1881

Building maintenance in a changing climate

A month ago Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland published their “Guide to building maintenance in a changing climate“. We downloaded our copy <here>. Alnwick is less than 70 miles from Edinburgh. They are preparing for hotter, drier summers; warmer, wetter winters; and more frequent heavy rain. Is there anything we can learn? Let’s … Continue reading Building maintenance in a changing climate

32 Bondgate Within

We used this image in the survey of Alnwick shopfronts that we designed in May. We published the findings in our August newsletter. The County Council didn’t receive <the relevant planning application> for this shop front until October. In our survey this was the shop front that respondents disliked the most. Twenty-four respondents chose to … Continue reading 32 Bondgate Within

Runner up

As reported <previously>, “Some Alnwick Heritage Heroes” was shortlisted in the Association for Heritage Interpretation Awards category for Volunteer and Community Projects. The AHI awards scheme recognises and rewards best practice in heritage interpretation across the UK and Ireland. Competition was strong, and we were proud to be picked as runner-up to a worthy winner: the … Continue reading Runner up

Heritage at risk

Today Historic England have published the 2019 update to their Heritage at Risk Register. There’s a map <here> and North-East highlights <here>. Locally there are no major changes – we still have several entries, with two in the town: General Lambert’s House: Priority B – Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; … Continue reading Heritage at risk