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Saturday 2nd March, Denis Peel:  Wylam – An Antiquarian Approach to Landscape

 A circular walk taking in Ovingham, Horsley and Wylam, looking at landscape and geology and the structure of the man-made environment in the three villages as well as the history of three interesting bridges.

Saturday 27th April, Harry Beamish:  An Interest in Antiquities on the Wallington Estate – the Trevelyan inheritance

A circular walk along footpaths on the lowland part of the estate. We travelled from Wallington to Cambo to look at the Dolphin pant and medieval grave covers, then on to see the commemorative stone at Saugh House, before returning to Wallington and its grounds.

Saturday 8th June,  Richard Pears: From Castle to Country House – Little Harle Tower and Capheaton Hall

A visit to two privately-owned houses in Northumberland that provide an insight into the transformation of north-east residences from fortified dwellings to country houses in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Little Harle Tower retains a fine tower-house attached to a rebuilt hall, with suggestions of a second tower at the other end of the hall. Georgianised in the 18th century it has fine examples of plasterwork decoration. Capheaton Hall, the home of our founding President, Sir John Swinburne, was one of the first unfortified country houses built in Northumberland after the end of Border hostilities, designed by Robert Trollope and drawing inspiration from Italian renaissance architectural treatises. The house was recast as a Georgian residence by Robert and William Newton in the 1750s and 1780s.

Sunday 22nd September, David Breeze: Saving the Roman Wall
Quarrying for whinstone was formerly one of the main threats to the Wall. In the 1930s the Society helped defeat a major new proposal to destroy the central sector, an action which led to the passing of a new Ancient Monuments Act in 1931. This country walk, led by David Breeze, examined the quarries at Cawfields and Walltown and the surrounding sections of Wall.

In the future, don’t forget your past