Saturday, July 05, 2014

Eurocruise 01/06 Beamish

The forecast indicated Sunday would be a fine day, so we planned to drive for the roughly 45 minute trip to Beamish, a historical village to the south of Newcastle in County Durham. It was just amazing, and amazingly busy. Although it receives special grants as well, its income from the gate must be enormous. Clearly though, it is an expensive place to run.

A roadway and tram line circle the 120 hectares, making it easy to get around. The mostly single track does cause some delay to the circling trams at times and loading and unloading the trams at busy stops takes some time.


But there is always the bus, more than one.



To me this is obviously an ex Black Pool tram.


The Georgian village fete.


No comment.


He was making wooden shoes. Quite interesting.


Cute, aren't they. From what I know of llamas, I rather like them. Very tasty marrow bones.


Some steam driven thingie.


Sister 1's husband danced a little jig on the separate board in front of the musicians, who were tolerant and no doubt used to such things.


A coconut shy. So simple, but still kids were lined up to play. Were tin cans around in Georgian times?


Not sure why I need a second photo of the coconut shy. Oh yes, I see now.


R, his sister and her husband all knew what this was called. I did not. It is a shuggy boat, a swing propelled by a person at each end pulling on ropes.


It is a terrific setting, with forest and open grassland.



At this stop almost every passenger left the tram and it then filled with new passengers, including us.


No, you won't get a shock if you touch the pole connected to the wires. You have to be earthed.


I think the outer end of the train line.


The colliery village, which we did not have the energy to see. That would be Sister 1's head in the photo.


The tram depot.


I have never seen a steam powered merry go round.


In the main village.


The 'go' handle on the left, the 'whoa' handle on the right.





One house was set up in a Victorian style, another as a dental surgery and another as a solicitors office.





We walked to the train station but train trips were closed for lunch.





Time for lunch. The tea rooms were hot, crowded and noisy. We should have brought a picnic.


As it is showing Westgate Road, this must be an old Newcastle tram. R's late mother remembered the trams, R remembers the electric trolley buses that replaced them, also history now too.





The Blaydon Races, as on the side of the cart, is now a very famous Geordie (Newcastle) folk song about the race meeting and quite an enjoyable listen. The "Airmstrangs" refers to the the armament manufacturer Vickers-Armstrong and the Robin Adair was an infamous hotel. I can well imagine the song being sung loudly at St James Park, home of the Newcastle United football team.



The sign says, "None but company's horses allowed to drink at this trough".







It was a great day and we did not get to see much more than half of the site. We were worried about where to have our long for waited for Sunday roast, and just outside the Beamish gates was the Shepherd and Shepherdess where we had another terrific pub meal.



18 comments:

  1. Andrew, Beamish is a terrific place. I would love the trams and other vehicles. They are old but very impressive.
    It would be a pleasure take a ride by cart. I love your posts because always is a great description and include a lot of photos. Thanks a lot.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Gosia. It is a great place.

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  2. Wow. That looks like a truly wonderful day. With great weather too.
    I had never heard of shuggy boats. I wonder whether we ever had them - and assume we did. Somewhere.

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    1. EC, I remember seeing them in childhood books, but probably English ones. I certainly never heard the name.

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  3. I spent one northern summer holiday (3 weeks) in Durham and Newcastle, but I don't remember hearing about Beamish. What a shame... I love historical villages, as long as the architecture is basically original and not mocked up by Disneyland. The houses and businesses in your photos look excellent.

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    1. Hels, it was all very authentic and it felt like it would have felt back in the day. Had I switched my camera to black and white and kept people out of shots with modern clothing, you really could just be back in the time, complete with horse crap on the streets.

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  4. No photos of Detective Inspector Barnaby? Oh that's right; he's from the other end of the country.

    I imagine you would have mentioned had there been any murders whilst you visited!

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    1. No Barbaby, Victor. He would not be welcome in Newcastle with his posh accent. Apparently even I sound posh to Geordies.

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    2. Inspector Lewis aka Kevin Whately was Geordie. The locals would have loved him.

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    3. He was Hels. The first time I saw Geordie representation on the screen was with either on tv, When the Boat Comes In, or movies, Stormy Monday, with Sting as the lead actor.

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  5. That looks like a great historical village with lots to do and see. Can't beat English pub meals.

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    1. Diane, I learnt a bit about it before I left Australia, and it far exceeded my expectations. I wasn't so keen on English pubs back in 2008, but I had very good experiences this time.

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  6. What a fabulous village. And you got to see it first-hand, lucky you!

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    1. It was so good River. Anything like that seems so stagey in Australia.

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  7. Your llama comment is totally something Tim would say!

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    1. Dina, actually I've never heard of anyone eating llama meat.

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  8. OMG! You must have been in train, tram and bus heaven Andrew. This was an outing especially tailored to your passion for rail travel. I thought the wooden shoe maker guy looked like a bit of alright :)

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    1. Grace, a proper enthusiast would know all about them, and I didn't, but yes, it was good to see all the old transport, even the buses.

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