Alnwick, Bondgate And Market Place c.1955

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Caption for Alnwick, Bondgate and Market Place c1955: This photograph was taken from Bondgate Within. In the centre, partially hidden by trees, is the Northumberland Hall, built in 1826 by the third Duke to provide the town with an assembly rooms. By the mid-1960s the open arcaded ground floor was being used for shops, and the assembly rooms above for Bingo.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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I am interested in anyone having memories of the Bird Cage Club in Alnwick. I ran the club in partnership with Stuart Manly (now owner of Barter Books in Alnwick). I would be interested if you have any photographs taken inside the club. I only have two photographs. I would be interested to know if you saw any bands, singers, attended any interesting nights etc etc. Regards, Peter Mc Dermott

I think it was 1972, when I was hitchhiking north to Scotland and stranded in Alnwick late in the evening. I sat with my girlfrend at the well on a kind of marketplace thinking 'bout a place to sleep. Later a nice guy with a dog came around and talked with us. He fortunately invited us to stay at his home for the (...Read full memory)

The above picture was from 1948, I can tell this by the types of cars here, especially the light coloured one half hidden in the background, which actually is the most modern for this year.

Yes Pete, those were the days. You will remember my brother John Anderson and also Eric Richards who have both been asking if I had heard anything of you as Johnny lives in France and Eric in Germany but they are both on facebook if you want to contact them. I loved the Bird Cage - Alnwick's first real club - many a good night was had. It then became The Duke's Club. Val (Anderson) Thompson.

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Caption for Alnwick, Bondgate and Market Place c1955: This photograph was taken from Bondgate Within. In the centre, partially hidden by trees, is the Northumberland Hall, built in 1826 by the third Duke to provide the town with an assembly rooms. By the mid-1960s the open arcaded ground floor was being used for shops, and the assembly rooms above for Bingo.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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