mEAndering, out and about

Corstopitum (Corbridge)…a Roman heritage

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Visit to Corbridge

Last weekend we went to visit my mum who lives between Stockton and Yarm.  We had a lovely day out in Corbridge which is way up near Newcastle and Hadrians Wall.  It is a place steeped in history with Roman connections and as far back as 1827 Corbridge was a place renowned for its small shops and several of the decorated fronts still survive. It is still known for its quaintness and unique shops and is an ideal base to explore the beauty of Northumberland.

We parked in the Free car park on the other side of the river Tyne and after crossing over the 17th Century stone bridge we began to explore the village, stopping off to have lunch at The Cafe House – wonderful food and great service.  Along many of the streets the houses had colourful window boxes and tubs re-planted with winter displays of cheery pansies and evergreen foliage.

Eventually we came to St Andrews church.  Inside are the most beautiful stained glass windows in rich jewel colours.  The organist was playing whilst we wandered around inside.  Outside in the grounds of the church is  a very strange tower which appears to have no windows at the lower levels.  It is called the Vicars Peele and was built in the churchyard in 1318 and used as the vicarage for the adjacent church.  It is built mainly from sandstone taken from the Roman Fortress at Coria nearby and has three storeys, with one room to each storey.  It was in use as a vicarage until the early 17th century.

After a browse in the local book shop and a hot cup of chocolate and a fruit scone in a nearby cafe to escape the cold weather we headed back to the car  –  I hope you enjoy the pictures.