While visiting the north of England in 2008, we stayed with two of R's three sisters but also one sister had a caravan at the country village of Hexham. I adored Hexham and loved staying there. Out of the blue today I recalled a building I liked in Hexham that straddled Cockshaw Burn. I found it using Google Maps Street View. We walked and drove past it many times during our stays there. I thought it might have been some kind of old mill house, but seems not.
Ah yes, the entrance must be on the other side of the creek. Let me check. I think so but no street view. I will look at satellite coverage. Oh, let me look at the caravan park where we stayed. Ah, this house sitting above the caravan park. Oh look, there is a photo of Hexham Gaol, quite modern really, constructed in 1330.
Why is there a horrible modern clock on the tower? I am looking, looking. No stupid. The clock is on Hexham Abbey, not the gaol. The clock still looks modern. Further investigation, no, the clock was added in 1821. The face looks blue in some photos but white in others. Why would a clock face be blue? Apparently many church clocks in England are blue. Why? It was a hard colour to come by in centuries past, so it indicated wealth.
Further links popped up. How has the opening of Tescos affected local business? Not as badly as was thought.
Ah, voted the most popular market town in England.
Tory MP for Hexham has a blog. He is banging on about parking fees in Hexham.
Right, a property site tells which are the best Hexham streets to live in.
Hmm, a train every half hour to Newcastle, every hour to Carlisle. A frequent bus service to Newcastle.
I didn't really find out about the house I was originally curious about and why it straddled the burn but I enjoyed the education.
Air con units now sit on the exterior of the property that weren't there in 2008, but at the other end.
Would you like to see the abbey? This photo by Steven Fruitsmaak, so much better than my own. I still think the clock looks odd and out of place.