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01.  Almost Dickensian, Elvet Bridge Snow Scene

 

02.  Crescent Moon, Framwelgate Bridge

 

03.  Elvet Reflections

 

04.  Cathedral Christmas Card Scene

17.  Spoiled For Choice, Market Square

 

18.  Towering Above, Durham Cathedral Grounds

 

19.  Palace Green & White

 

20.  Lumiere 2015, Market Square

13.  After The Sun, River Wear At Framwellgate

 

14.  Another Snowfall, Durham Castle

 

15.  Snowy Rooftop, Durham Cathedral

 

16.  Freezing Breath, Elvet Bridge

09.  Hogwarts n' All, Cathedral Grounds

 

10.  Wet Cobbles, Durham Castle Entrance

 

11.  Dawn Breaks On Palace Grren

 

12.  An Empty Box, Palace Green

05.  Autumnal Colours, Durham Castle

 

06.  On The Corner, Durham Castle

 

07.  Prebends Bridge, Autumn 2011  

 

08.  Wharton Park In Autumn

21.  Lumiere 2015, Durham Cathedral

 

22.  Lumiere 2015, Durham Cathedral

 

23.  Lumiere 2015, Durham Cathedral

 

24.  Lumiere 2015, Durham Cathedral

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.

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