North East England's Best Views by Simon Jenkins

By Simon Jenkins

England's perspectives are striking for his or her attractiveness and diversity. during this illustrated, first-of-its-kind consultant, bestselling writer Simon Jenkins alternatives the superior perspectives from North East England, together with Bempton cliffs, Gordale Scar, Hebden Bridge, Richmond, Rievaulx, Saltaire, Whitby Harbour, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne and Newcastle's gray highway, and extra - and explains the interesting tales in the back of them. Jenkins' enjoyable and erudite entries give you the wealthy old, geographical, botanical and architectural heritage to North East England's breathtaking points of interest either iconic and undiscovered. full of roman roads, cliff-tops, follies, mountains, historic castles, rolling forests and heart-stopping moments, you will soon ask yourself the way you selected walks, mini-breaks or spontaneous diversions with no it.

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The Regency city was fortunate to have a developer and an architect, Richard Grainger and John Dobson, who imagined a city to rival Bath and Edinburgh. Grainger set up as a builder in 1816 and exploited the city’s booming trade in coal and shipping. He explicitly sought grandeur for the town, and as a result was constantly at loggerheads with the corporation, which, he said, merely wanted the place like a ‘coal hole’. ‘Indelible surprise’: mansions in Grey Street In Dobson, Grainger found an architect worthy of his ambition.

There is no comparison. RICHMOND The Market Place Richmond is one of England’s least known historic towns. Its medieval plan dictates a tight cluster of Georgian and early Victorian streets, with a Norman castle high on a bluff over the River Swale. Its suburbs still comprise woods and fields. Everything about Richmond pleases the eye. The town was granted by William the Conqueror to a Breton, Alan the Red, in 1071. Alan needed a serious fortress to defend himself from the fury alike of the Scots and the expropriated Saxon earls.

On the shore opposite stand two conical navigation beacons, built in the nineteenth century to guide sailors over these treacherous sands. NEWCASTLE Grey Street In the years before the Second World War, Tyneside launched a quarter of the world’s shipping tonnage. When decline took hold in the 1960s, the city could have frozen its dockyards and preserved the quays and back lanes leading down to them. It would have been a cultural-historical centre of European significance. Instead in the 1960s the local-government regime of T.

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