Tag Archive: Newcastle

Medieval finds uncovered at Newcastle construction site

newcastle-medieval

Medieval finds that were preserved in an ancient rubbish dump in Newcastle city centre have been described as some of the richest discoveries ever in the city. Archaeologists have uncovered pottery, animal bone and leather in a dig at the old Newgate shopping centre construction site. It is thought the objects, which have been preserved…

Archaeologists hoping to uncover more remains of medieval priory in Northumberland

Northumbria-priory

The Holystone History & Archaeology Group has been awarded grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland National Park and the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group to fund their efforts at further discovery. The group has spent years trying to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the priory which existed from the 12th century until it was dissolved…

Bede’s World attraction in Jarrow saved from closure

The Venerable Bede

A tourist attraction about the Venerable Bede that closed due to a cash crisis has been saved. Bede’s World – dedicated to the saint and influential scholar – shut last month with trustees blaming government cuts. South Tyneside Council, which owns the land and buildings, has found a new operator to oversee the site. The…

Design firm restores medieval banquet hall

A medieval banquet hall has been restored to its original glory – thanks to a South Tyneside design company. Hebburn-based Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) was appointed by the award-winning Blackfriars eaterie in Newcastle to renovate a 50-seat 13th century banquet hall. The restaurant is one of the oldest dining rooms in the UK, dating back…

Ghost hunting in Northumberland

North East England’s rich history, ancient buildings and numerous castles all have spooky stories to tell. With Halloween just around the corner there is no better time of year to dabble in a bit of ghost hunting in some of the most beautiful and atmospheric parts of the country. Take a break in North East…

Medieval friars found in town dig to be reburied

The remains of more than 20 medieval friars and lay associates of the Carmelite Order who died more than 500 years ago are to be reburied following their excavation during building works. Eight medieval Carmelite friars were uncovered as part of an archaeological dig carried out ahead of a residential development in Priory Close, Northallerton,…

Couple are joust married…in medieval wedding theme

Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, a court jester and a wizard may not be your typical run-of-the-mill wedding guests. But they were all there to see Julie Vernon marry Ian Fennell on Saturday at Newcastle Register Office. The 43-year-old bride was dressed in a crown and a red velvet dress and carried a red-and-white bouquet, depicting…