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This is an air museum situated on the old RAF station of Winthorpe near Newark. It of course has one my all-time favourite aircraft this English Electric Lightning T.5 XS417 first flown 17.7.64. It also has one of the fifteen remaining Avro Vulcans in the UK which is the subject of the next photo!

This museum has an internationally renowned art collection containing paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto which I thought was an ice-cream, Jean-Honore Fragenard and Francois Boucher. It was opened in 1892 and was built in grand French style with landscaped gardens. Like the outside hence the photo. Inside? Nah!!!!!

This river rises on the eastern slope of Cross Fell in the North Pennines. It flows eastward for 85 miles to reach the North Sea between Redcar and Hartlepool near Middlesborough.

Barnard Castle is a ruined medieval castle situated in the town of the same name in Teesdale, County Durham. The castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was designated as a Grade 1 listed building in 1950. A castle was built on the site from 1095 to 1125 by Guy de Balliol and was extended from 1125 to 1185 by his nephew Bernard de Balliol and his son Bernard II. It is now in the custody of English Heritage.

When I joined the Royal Signals in 1963 I was based in Catterick Camp and often visited Richmond. I never set eyes on this castle! It stands in a commanding position above the River Swale close to the centre of Richmond. It was originally called "Riche Mount", "The strong hill". the castle was constructed from 1071 onwards as part of the Norman Conquest of Saxon England as the Domesday Book of 1086 refers to a 'castelry' in Richmond that year.

Taken from Richmond Castle. The source of the River Swale is at the confluence of Birkdale Beck and Great Sleddale Beck. The river flows north north east eventually joining the River Ure near Myton-On-Swale. It is 117.8 kilometres in length.

This 15th century tower dominates the Friary Memorial Gardens and holds a position of great importance in the history and development of Richmond. This fine Franciscan Friary bell tower built by the Greyfriars of Richmond represents the northernmost surviving monument to their great, if short-lived, impact upon the religious and social life of England. Dating back to the late 15th century the Tower originally formed part of an expansion of the Friary which was first established by the Franciscan Order in 1257/58 and is unique in that so much of the building has survived to the modern day.

This photo was taken from the Middleham side of the bridge. The other side is the Leyburn side.

This river in north Yorkshire is about 74 miles long from its source until it reaches the point where it changes its name to the River Ouse. It is the principle river of Wensleydale. The Ure is one of many rivers and waterways which drain the Dales into the Ouse. Tributaries of the Ure include the River Swale and River Skell.

The sixth castle on our list, building commenced in 1190 near the site of an earlier motte and bailey castle. At one time it was in the hands of Richard III but he spent little time there. After Richard's death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 the castle stayed in royal hands up to the reign of James I when it was sold. It fell into disuse and disrepair in the 17th century and was garrisoned in the Civil War but saw no action. It is now in the care of English Heritage. Right next door is Ben Haslam's racing stables and there were a few fillies on display! I was gonna photograph one until I got "the look"!!!


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