Scenes of Co. Durham
The historic Market Town of Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England, so named after the castle around which Barnard Castle was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and very a popular tourist destination. Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite the village of Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Barnard Castle's largest single employer is the pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of town.
The Town of Barnard Castle - streets and buildings - history - architecture
The main high street of the market town of Barnard Castle - the Market Place.
You can cross over the Tees via the two span County Bridge and up into the Town.
The 'busy', but fine stone bridge dates from 1569 and repaired and strengthened in 1771.
The walk up to the Market Place is a most enjoyable architectural trip on its own merit with lots of fine Georgian buildings to admire. On the left are some of the buildings in Thorngate and on the right more fine buildings on The Bank.
The lovely and idiosyncratic Blagraves House (Blagroves House) is the oldest house in Barnard Castle, which is now a restaurant and once an inn. It is on 'The Bank' the street which in past times was the hub and commercial centre of Barnard Castle.
The right-hand side is Tudor, but the left-hand side looks Georgian.
There are four curious carved stone figures on the street facing wall of Blagroves House, Barnard Castle.
The tower of the parish church towers over the lower part of the town and the Old Well pub uses a fine building.
At the top end of Market Place is the site of the Market Cross or Buttercross (Buttermarket, Butter Mart) is characterised by the octagonal tower over where the medieval cross was. In the middle is the tower and nave of St Mary's Parish Church founded in the 12th century.
An early evening view looking down the Market Place towards the Buttercross where you can still see some Georgian buildings and some original Victorian shop fronts.
The Castle in Barnard Castle
The Castle is purched on the edge of a ravine that falls away into the River Tees.
The castle presents a finesigh occupying a most commanding position above the River Tees.
The castle is built on the rocky cliff over the fast flowing River Tees hence very good defensive southern and western flanks.
Barnard Castle derives its name from the 12th Century Norman Castle built by Bernard Balliol between 1112 and 1132.
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Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants in Barnard Castle
Lovely tea, china and cakes in Clarendon's Cafe in Market Place, Barnard Caste
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