Sophie and I visited the the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland and I took a couple of pictures in the town before we got to the gallery.
The Hut is just outside the Bishop Auckland carpark, and does the usual Northern fare, chip butties, bacon butties, sausage butties, teas and coffees etc, but I’ve been there a few times and never seen it open.
Walking from the car park to the gallery…
The area known as Bondgate dates to the very beginnings of Bishop Auckland. It is named after the ‘bondsmen’ – labourers, bound by contract, who served the bishop. Shortly after Auckland Castle was established, a small settlement grew to the west of the bishop’s residence and Deer Park. By 1183, the Boldon Book reported that 22 villagers lived here, including a cobbler, a miller and a smith.For centuries, Fore Bondgate was Bishop Auckland’s main shopping area, home to an eclectic mix of shops and public houses. Although, today, shops are more widely spread across the town, Fore Bondgate remains home to numerous independent businesses that keep the tradition of the area alive. (ish).
A random tree, no idea where I took this.
Sunshine after the rain made my net curtains look like they were sequinned.
The first part of our trip to Bishop Auckland and the historycan be found HERE.
As well as the fuji I had my Canon EOS 1000FN loaded with some kodak portra so shot a few frames around the castle and town.
Below the windows of the castle just before the entrance there are coats of arms carved in stone, one is for Bishop Ruthall and the other for Bishop Tunstall, both of whom were Prince Bishops during Henry VIII reign. Not sure which is which. If you embiggen the first one with a click you can see carved skulls above the main design.
You may remember that Bishop Lightfoot had the oak panelling installed in ST Peter’s Chapel, this is one of the stained glass windows he also had installed with lots of bishops portrayed, that’s him in the centre with a red scarfy type thing on. Am sure there’s a correct Bishopy term for that but google wasn’t helpful this time).
Just inside ST Peter’s Chapel there is a marbel homage to Bishop Trevor.
Auckland Tower, part of the Auckland project, has all the information you need to explore the Castle, grounds and local area. It also has some great viewing platforms!
Well that’s about it for the film shots, but we’ll be back next time on the universe blogfor other bits and bobs, so stay tooned!
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