Saturday, 29 August 2015

Historic Hexham

It has been a few years since I last visited the historic market town of Hexham, which is nestled in the heart of the Tyne valley.

Of course I've passed through many times on the train, but with an hour to spare I thought I'd stroll around in the sunshine.

First impressions are that it's a nice little town, which is well groomed and looked after by the locals. The streets are lined with well-tended gardens and neatly-clipped verges, with not the merest hint of litter or graffiti. Communal areas within the town are ablaze with colourful blooms and people buzz about the narrow streets and bustling period shops.

Just outside the railway station is a planter growing fresh herbs and salad leaves. A sign explained that it was part of the Edible Hexham initiative, which encourages people to harvest the lush greens and experience their healthy country freshness.

Walked towards the town centre, passing Claude the Famous Lobstermobile and the Wentworth Leisure Centre. The Old Gaol, which lays claim to being the oldest purpose-built prison in England, is perched at the top of the hill. The Gaol was last used for its intended purpose back in the 16th century.

Just around the corner and I was stood in the Market Place, which is stood in the shadow of Hexham Abbey. I couldn't quite get the Abbey in my camera viewfinder, so I decided to follow the building around to the left. That led me to an ornate stone archway leading into the freshly-mowed park. A short walk further and I ended up watching the bowling taking place in the grounds of Hexham House. My vantage point also afforded a good shot of the Nave (western) end of Hexham Abbey, which is always a favourite in picture calendars and suchlike.

A few photos from my walkabout appear below. All photos were taken on 28th August 2015:

Claude the Famous Lobstermobile, Hexham.

Edible Hexham Planters.

Hexham Abbey.

Bowling at Hexham House.

Stone Gateway, Cowgarth, Hexham.

Hexham Old Gaol.

War Memorial, Hexham Park.

Welcome to Hexham Sign, Hexham Market Place.

Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham.

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