Invermark Castle and St Drostan’s Old Parish Church Loch Lee

Invermark Castle dates to the 1300s.  It lies at the meeting point of Glen Lee and Glen Mark where the 2 glens become Glen Esk.  Today it is unstable and a danger sign warns off would be explorers, nevertheless it remains a fine looking building. Most of today’s remains date to a rebuild of the … Continue reading Invermark Castle and St Drostan’s Old Parish Church Loch Lee

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Some views of Dunstanburgh Castle

On a walk between Bamburgh and Craster on Northumberland’s coast, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle present an impressive sight.  Last Saturday I was walking my annual walk along this coastline with several friends and took some photos for posting here.  I have also added in a few from previous walks. Dunstanburgh Castle was built by … Continue reading Some views of Dunstanburgh Castle

Mains of Balquhain Recumbent Stone Circle visited 21 September 2019

Heading west from Inverurie on the A96 the Mains of Balquhain recumbent stone circle is easily visible 400 metres or so to the left of the road stranded on an island of uncultivated ground in the north east corner of a field on the lower slopes of Gallows Hill.  Ancient is contrasted with modern by … Continue reading Mains of Balquhain Recumbent Stone Circle visited 21 September 2019

St Andrew’s Church Timberland visited 14 September 2019

St Andrew’s is a Grade II (of special interest warranting every effort to preserve) listed building.  Tucked away in a cul-de-sac in the small village of Timberland it isn’t the easiest of churches to find but it does have a pleasant approach.  The oldest part of the church is Norman and a rather odd feature … Continue reading St Andrew’s Church Timberland visited 14 September 2019

Church of St Thomas a Becket Digby visited 15 September 2019

Digby is a small village on the edge of the fens.  Bronze age axe heads have been found in the locality indicating a long period of occupation.  The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday book as Dicbi indicating a farmstead or manor under Danish ownership.  In the middle of the road outside the village … Continue reading Church of St Thomas a Becket Digby visited 15 September 2019

All Saint’s Church Ruskington visited 13 September 2019

Nowadays, Ruskington is a large village some 4 miles from the former market town of Sleaford.  Situated on the edge of the Fens it has a long history of habitation.  There is an Anglo Saxon Graveyard and evidence of a Roman Road within the modern day village boundary.  Ruskington was recorded in the Domesday Book … Continue reading All Saint’s Church Ruskington visited 13 September 2019

St Mary and St Martin’s Church Blyth, Notts – visited 31 August 2019

Driving northwards on the A1 after Newark there is a turn off to the left that leads to Blyth, a town whose High St was once the Great North Road.  To visit St Mary and St Martin’s it wasn’t immediately obvious where one was to park but the answer is to drive upto the churchyard … Continue reading St Mary and St Martin’s Church Blyth, Notts – visited 31 August 2019