Alnwick, The Castle And River Aln c.1955

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Caption for Alnwick, the Castle and River c1955: One of the five great fortresses of Northumberland, Alnwick fell into ruins owing in part to the fate of the Percy family and the destruction wreaked by Cromwell's troops. On the death of the eleventh Earl in 1670 the earldom became extinct. An 18th- century female descendant of the last earl married Sir Hugh Smithson, who changed his name to Percy and was created Earl of Northumberland in 1750 and first Duke of Northumberland in 1766. It was this Hugh Percy who set about restoring Alnwick to its former glory, commissioning Robert Adam to supervise the decoration and Capability Brown to lay out the grounds. Further alterations and rebuilding was carried out during the 19th century.

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, the Castle and River c1955: One of the five great fortresses of Northumberland, Alnwick fell into ruins owing in part to the fate of the Percy family and the destruction wreaked by Cromwell's troops. On the death of the eleventh Earl in 1670 the earldom became extinct. An 18th- century female descendant of the last earl married Sir Hugh Smithson, who changed his name to Percy and was created Earl of Northumberland in 1750 and first Duke of Northumberland in 1766. It was this Hugh Percy who set about restoring Alnwick to its former glory, commissioning Robert Adam to supervise the decoration and Capability Brown to lay out the grounds. Further alterations and rebuilding was carried out during the 19th century.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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