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01.  The Blue Hour, River Wear, Durham City

 

02.  Durham Light Infantry, Market Square

 

03.  Durham Cathedral, from Durham Castle Entrance

 

04.  Puddle Reflections, Palace Green, Durham City

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13.  Durham Castle, from the Coach & Eight

 

14.  Underneath The Archway - Durham Castle

 

15.  A690 Light Trails

 

16.  Ludworth Tower, County Durham

09.  Killhope Lead Mine, County Durham

 

10.  Abandoned Church, Kiln Pitt Hill

 

11.  Brown's Boats, Elvet Bridge

 

12.  Illuminated Benches, Freeman's Reach

05.  Under The Moonlight,  Framwelgate Bridge

 

06.  A View From The Train Station

 

07.  Evening Reflections, Prebends Bridge  

 

08.  Killhope Lead Mine, County Durham

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Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. The city sits on the River Wear, to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. Durham is well known for its Norman cathedral and 11th century castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832. HM Prison Durham is also located close to the city centre. The historical city centre of Durham has changed little over the past 200 years. It is made up of the peninsula containing the cathedral, palace green, former administrative buildings for the palatine and Durham Castle. This was a strategic defensive decision by the city's founders and gives the cathedral a striking position. So much so that Symeon of Durham stated: "To see Durham is to see the English Sion and by doing so one may save oneself a trip to Jerusalem"

 

Sir Walter Scott was so inspired by the view of the cathedral from South Street that he wrote "Harold the Dauntless", a poem about Saxons and Vikings set in County Durham and published on 30 January 1817. The following lines from the poem are carved into a stone tablet on Prebends Bridge:

 

Grey towers of Durham,

Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles,

Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot,

And long to roam those venerable aisles,

With records stored of deeds long since forgot.