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Elsdon Tower, Northumberland, England

Tonight, I am providing information on Elsdon Tower, one of the finest examples in the Scottish Borders of a medieval Tower House and one of the best preserved historic buildings in Northumberland, northern England.

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Entrance to Kirkharle, Northumberland, England

This evening, I am posting information on a rural hamlet in Northumberland known as Kirkharle.

The name may mean ‘woodland clearing of a man named Herela’ which was recorded as far back as the 12th century.

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Northumbrian landscape at Laing’s Hill Farm

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Haltwhistle at centre of Britain and embarked on a trip as follows:

  • First, a one hour drive north, traversing remote countryside, to Kirkharle, a small village which has become famous as the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a renowned British landscape gardener who was born in 1716. Brown was educated at a local school and then trained as a gardener on the Kirkharle estate until moving on at age 23 years ultimately to achieve celebrity status in his chosen profession.Kirkharle is now a visitor attraction with coffee shop and small craft and specialist shops. We also visited the local church, St Wilfrid’s, where Brown was christened.

Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England

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