A Visit to Barnard Castle presented by Bruce Speed

  • 22 Oct 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-00:00)
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 90


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Join Bruce Speed, leader of our U3A architecture group for a look around Barnard Castle.

In the mid-1980s, BBC North produced a series of short programmes of town portraits presented by John Grundy, an architectural historian. The portraits were made of 25 northern towns from Alnwick to Whitby, Hexham to Holmfirth and many in between, in which they brought out the special qualities that separate one town from another.

The early layout of the town was influenced by the castle and what we see today is, in the words of the programme makers, “a fine stoney town high in the valley of the Tees.  It has wide streets and some interesting buildings, but much of it is ordinary in the best sense of the word – harmonious buildings built with local materials and in scale with their neighbours”. 

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