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Caption for Alnwick, the Lion Monument c1955: The first thing that greets travellers arriving from the south is the Percy Tenantry Column, known locally as the Farmers' Folly. It was built in 1816, and the story most often told is that it was erected by the duke's tenant farmers in thanks for having their rents remitted during a period of agricultural depression. The story goes on that the duke, surprised that his tenants could afford such a memorial, immediately put their rents up. The truth is that it was erected by the members of the Percy Tenantry Volunteers, a unit raised by the duke for home defence during the Napoleonic Wars.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Alnwick

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.

How great was the Great North Road when it squeezed through these ancient gates until the early 1970s? Traffic built up on both sides waiting to get through. For a child this was the spot that marked where our holidays began, as it would only be another 15 miles or so to the cottage on the coast. It felt as if we were (...Read full memory)

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

Hi, I used to travel via the great north road in the 1960s to near Durham, I can remember going through the arch above lots of times it was very narrow and you had to watch your car you could not speed then. Alnwick is a nice place and relatives of mine come from nearby lesbury, it definately made the difference when the by-pass was built it must have been a relief for the place.

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