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18th May 2013; Dumfriesshire

A visit to Dumfriesshire starting at the Savings Banks Museum at Ruthwell and the 8th century Cross in Ruthwell Church. We then visited Ellisland Farm, where the poet Robert Burns lived from 1788 to 1791 and where he got the inspiration for many of his more famous nature poems.  After a picnic lunch at Ellisland we visited Barjarg Tower, a late 16th century tower house at Auldgirth, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Archie Donaldson. The house is not normally open to the public and was well worth a visit for its architecture, its gardens and its history.  We then had the usual excellent tea, a highlight of most of our trips!

Monday 8th July  Phil Abramson: Catterick Garrison – From Iron Age to Digital Age

This was a joint visit with Yorkshire Archaeological Society. We looked at an Iron Age enclosure at Castlesteads and some of the carved rocks on Feldom Moor. After lunch in the canteen in the garrison, we were taken round the Garrison on the coach to look at the development of the modern site.


Saturday 3rd August, Lindisfarne

In the spirit of the infamous visits the Society made to Lindisfarne on several occasions throughout the 19th century, we started the day at 8am with a Victorian breakfast at The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our visit included an open-air reception in the Priory ruins, courtesy of English Heritage, and an address by the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. This was followed by a walk round the Priory and other parts of the island with Dave Heslop and Harry Beamish. Members were invited to attend this meeting in period costume. On the return journey we staged an 'Up Parasols' moment, to the bemusement of passing motorists, to mark the occasion in 1884 when one of the horse-drawn brakes got stuck in mud and the ladies had to signal for help by raising their parasols.


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