Wordless Wednesday…… A Favourite Place


Location:-  Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

A defensive Castle built in a crook in the River Coquet close to the Northumberland coast.  It is suspected that it is much older, but usually dated to the 12th century, built on the instruction of Prince Henry of Scotland the Earl of Northumberland.

Where ever you are today…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st July

(C) David Oakes 2021




Silent Sunday…… No Church, will a Priory do?


Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, Northumberland

Just one of the stone arches that remain as markers to the grand scale of what was once Lindisfarne Priory.

But before I show you more I should explain that these extensive ruins, whilst old, dating back to the 1100’s, they are not the original religious settlement on Holy island.

Holy Island (once I am told known as the Healing Isle) is located on the North East coast of England, just short of the Scottish border, in the county of Northumberland. For several centuries the community at Lindisfarne was credited as a major centre for Celtic Christianity.  Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert, Eadfrith and the Venerable Bede all have direct involvement with establishing and leading the Islands Christian Community. An important influence across Northumberland and into many parts of England and no doubt Scotland.  One of the most notable religious contributions was the creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels (circa 710ad), a treasure now in the keeping of the British Library* 

For several centuries there was no large stone built Priory, but a more rustic collection of simple wood and  stone constructions. Its initial downfall was following a bloody Viking invasion followed a little later by a Danish invasion.

It was only following the Norman Conquest that major changes occurred across England.  Lindisfarne Priory was re-established in the 11th century, the building and expansion continued across 3 further centuries.

So what you can see today are just a small, but still significant, part of the Lindisfarne story.


The Priory fell fowl of  King Henry VIII act for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1557, a sad end to this one time religious strong hold of great influence. 

Look closely at the above image.  You can just see Lindisfarne Castle ( Circa 1570- rebuilt 1901) poised on a rocky outcrop.  Just another excuse to visit this wonderful Island that is only accessible at low tide across a narrow causeway….. and adventure in its own right.

  • I understand there were plans to bring back the Lindisfarne Gospels for a visit to the North East, possibly Durham Cathedral as host.  The date was suggested as 2022. Worth keeping and watchful ear for more updates 

Where ever you are today…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place


Location:-  Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, Northumberland

As always….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

28th April

(C) David Oakes 2021


Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:-  A weather change at Bamburgh on the Northumberland Coast

Wherever you are…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Everything Changes……


Seahouses, Northumberland

It is many years since I first had the pleasure of discovering Seahouses.  The lasting memory is of lots of small fishing  trawlers.  They packed the harbour as the tide came in, the a frantic struggle to unload the catch onto waiting lorries.  It had to be quick as they wanted to leave the harbour before the tide dropped too low.

Seahouses is just one of many small harbours that were vital to the fishing industry along the Northumberland coast…. an industry that declined as fish stocks ran low.

It is still possible to explore the streets that surround the harbour and discover cottages, store sheds, netting yards and bits and pieces that once kept the fishing boats afloat

I have witnessed change on every visit.  The boats that fill the harbour and the men who man them, all plying for trade…..  all offering to take you out to the Farne Islands, a mecca for Bird and Nature lovers over the summer months.  Very well worth a trip.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd June

(C) David Oakes 2020