My beamish boy! O frabjous day!

Today’s guest picture comes from Tony’s Highland holiday and appropriately enough contains a Highland cow.


I had an unusual day today with no cycling or wandering around the garden and the lawns were left unmolested.

After an early breakfast, I waved Mrs Tootlepedal goodbye and went off for the Langholm Camera Club summer outing to Beamish Living Museum of the North.

Five members took the trip and we drove the eighty miles across the north of England to County Durham in two cars.  The trip went smoothly and once in the museum, Peter, who had been to the museum recently, went off on his own as he knew what he wanted to see while Sandy, Marie, Corrie and I pottered about exploring.

I took a tremendous amount of pictures, far too many to put in here so I have decided to put a small selection in this regular post and I will try to sort the rest out and do a special blog with well over 100 pictures in it tomorrow.  No one will need to read this post.  This is just a warning.  It will be for my pleasure to help me remember a great day out.


We caught a passing tram from the museum entrance to the the 1900s ‘town’ where a whole street has been recreated using old buildings from various local towns which have been demolished, transported and rebuilt to create the living museum.

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It is quite hard to think that all this has been built from scratch in a field.

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The shops offer some particular delights and although things may be bought in some of them, not everything advertised is available.

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Sandy, Corrie and Marie were caught outside one of the buildings…

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We had a cup of coffee in the tea rooms in the town and then walked on to the Edwardian railway station where we took a ride in this very elegant coach…

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…sitting in great comfort while a small tank engine took us for a very short excursion and back again.

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A feature of the museum was the large number of very satisfying cogs that I saw as we went round.

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Leaving the railway behind, we walked up the hill to the 1940s farm where we found a pig which had exactly the right idea for a very warm day.

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We paused for a cold drink and a light lunch and then walked round the farm.  A cockerel was showing who was king of the midden….

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…and Corrie was showing good style at the wheel of a tractor.

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From the farm, we strolled downhill to the 1900s colliery village where the most amazing thing to catch our eyes was this huge vertical biunnial lantern projector built by Walter Tyler, optician of London.

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The projector was in the colliery church where an appreciative congregation of visitors were listening to an excellent choir concert.  In the nearby silver band hall, a group of folk singers were singing folk songs and on the village green outside, a small wind band was playing popular melodies.  There was no lack of entertainment to suit all tastes.

My taste is for engines, so I was happy to move on to the colliery yard where this fine little engine was running up and down a short section of track.

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It is a comprehensive  restoration of an 1871 engine which T.H.Head engineer of London supplied to the Dorking Greystone Lime Company.  It is an 0-4-0 Vertical Boilered Geared locomotive.  The diminutive engine was actually built by Head Wrightson & Co Ltd.  I though that you would like to know that.

At the other end of the yard, a steam traction engine was powering a sawmill…

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…and big logs were being sliced up.

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We could have donned hard hats and walked into a drift mine or gone into the buildings of a pit mine and watched the winding engine at work but we did neither as time was marching on.

Instead we headed up hill again, with Marie, Corrie and Sandy stopping to check what was at the end of a large pipe….

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…and made our way to the 1820s Georgian section of the museum.  As I like engines, I naturally gravitated to an old waggonway where a replica of the famous Puffing Billy locomotive…

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…pulled a couple of coaches of eager enthusiasts for a couple of hundred yards or so along the line.

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The engine driving team wore very sensible hats for the task.

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After leaving the waggonway, we descended into a small valley and passed St Helen’s Church.  This  represents a typical type of country church found in Cleveland and North Yorkshire, and was relocated from its original site in Eston, North Yorkshire.  It is the oldest and most complex building moved to the museum

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You can still see numbers on the side of the building which must have been vital for the reconstruction.

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As we climbed the hill to Pockerly Hall, we could see Billy puffing up and down the line behind us.

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Pockerley Hall is a handsome building with…

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…a neat garden laid out in a contemporary style in front of it.

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When we had left the church, Marie had waited in vain for a horse to arrive…

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…but as none appeared, we had to walk up the hill to the hall and then down again to catch a bus….

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…back to the museum entrance.  We rode on top.

We had spent five hours in the museum and seen just a fraction of what was there.  I hope to return with Mrs Tootlepedal in the not too distant future.

The drive home went as smoothly as the drive over and all in all, what with the fine sunny weather, the interesting museum and the good company, I vote the camera club outing a great success.

There will be many, many more photos from the outing in tomorrow’s extra post.  Feel free to skip it entirely.

We did see a sitting bird of the day at the colliery.


Those interested can find more about the museum on its website or on its wikepedia entry.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “My beamish boy! O frabjous day!

  1. What an enormous effort it would take to move all those buildings! The lines of the curved steps in front of Pockerly Hall are lovely. My absolute favourite photo, though, is the one of the sleeping pig – fabulous!

  2. Looks like it was a delightful day! It’s very hard to imagine moving all those buildings, much less that church. How very enterprising!

  3. A lot of work went into creating that place, especially moving whole buildings. I particularly enjoyed the photo of the sleeping pig. Looks like a happy fellow. 🙂

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