Effigy of Robert Neville at Brancepeth Church. Died 1319.

Today was characterised by unseasonally low temperatures, rain and a hint of snow in mid-afternoon.

We departed our lodgings in York after breakfast and drove north to the village of Brancepeth in County Durham.Prime purpose of this visit was to connect with the formerly prominent Neville family. We parked close to the huge castle which is still privately owned, not a visitor attraction, and then visited the adjacent Parish Church dedicated to St Brandon.

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