Alnwick, The Hotspur Gate c.1950

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Caption for Alnwick, the Hotspur Gate c1950: Guarding the road from the south, the Hotspur Gate was built in 1450; a licence to fortify the Border town of Alnwick had been granted in 1434. Above the entrance there is a much-decayed lion rampant, emblem of the Percy family, and above that are corbels that once carried a machicolation to enhance the defensive capability of the flanking projections.

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 Hotspur Gate c1950: Guarding the road from the south, the Hotspur Gate was built in 1450; a licence to fortify the Border town of Alnwick had been granted in 1434. Above the entrance there is a much-decayed lion rampant, emblem of the Percy family, and above that are corbels that once carried a machicolation to enhance the defensive capability of the flanking projections.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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