Warkworth Hermitage: Ministry sign

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Warkworth Hermitage © David Gill

Warkworth Hermitage was placed in State Guardianship in 1923. The Ministry of Works guardianship sign still stands. (For another in Northumberland, see Chesterholm Roman Milestone).

Warkworth Hermitage: landing sign

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Warkworth Hermitage © David Gill

There is limited access to the Hermitage near Warkworth in Northumberland. A rowing boat, crewed by a member of staff from English Heritage, takes you across the river. An official sign reminds you that only official boats are allowed to moor.

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Warkworth Hermitage © David Gill

UK UNESCO World Heritage site damaged

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Brunton Turret, Hadrian’s Wall © David Gill

Part of Hadrian’s Wall at Brunton Turret has been damaged by metal-detectorists “‘Nighthawk’ metal detectorists damage Hadrian’s Wall“, BBC News 20 June 2018). Some 50 holes have been noted around this well-preserved section of the Roman frontier. This raises questions about how internationally significant heritage assets can be protected for future generations. Equally important is the question, how can the archaeological and heritage communities make it clear that such activity cannot be accepted?

Access on Hadrian’s Wall

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Hadrian’s Wall © David Gill

Hadrian’s Wall is now a popular walking route. But parts, or just the line, cross private land and walkers are diverted. This Ministry of Works sign, lurking in the undergrowth was placed to stop access north across the ditch that would link to the next section of the wall.

Out of Bounds at Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Berwick-upon-Tweed © C. Gill

The fortified town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit (see English Heritage). A good place to start is the former military barracks where there is a rather unusual Ministry sign.

Heritage Counts: The north-east of England

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Warkworth Castle © David Gill

The importance of heritage for the North-East of England is highlighted in the new Heritage Counts [pdf] prepared by Historic England and the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

Heritage added £536.6 million directly in GVA; this increases to £976.6 million if indirect and induced contributions from heritage are included. Over 9,600 individuals are employed directly in heritage, and including those whose jobs are indirectly linked to heritage that figure stands at 15,700.

Lindisfarne Priory: steps to the dorter

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The night stairs that led from the dorter to the church are located in the south transept.

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The day stairs were at the south end of the dorter building. The chapter house was probably on the ground floor.

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

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Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill