Durham – An amazing World Heritage Site

Jeanette Harvey is the Author of Sisters of the Bruce, the tale of Isabel (Queen of Norway) and Christina (The Countess of Mar) who helped mould the history of Scotland and the world as much as their famous brother, Robert the Bruce. In this re-post from May 2014, Jeanette explains her visit to Durham Cathedral in Northern England and a little of its history during the time of her characters.

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Durham Cathedral and Castle (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Durham Cathedral and Castle (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

If you take the Edinburgh to London train, the dramatic backdrop of Durham Cathedral and its Castle towering over the city is hard to miss. This time as luck would have it, we were travelling by road. Keen not to miss such a wonderful opportunity, we were able to explore this fascinating World Heritage Site on foot.
The old part of the town still retains a medieval flavour but the view from the bridge looking up at the towering buildings is pretty impressive by anyone’s standards.
Built in the time of William the Conqueror, the castle was originally of motte and bailey construction but over time has been substantially modernised…

To read more please visit Jeanette Harvey’s site here.

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