NZ0737 : Market Place, Wolsingham

taken 7 years ago, near to Wolsingham, County Durham, Great Britain

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Market Place, Wolsingham
Market Place, Wolsingham
There is a photo of the same location taken in 2005 here NZ0737 : Wolsingham Town Centre
The road in the foreground, Front Street, is the main route through Weardale (A689). Ahead is the B6296 which goes over the hills to Tow Law where it joins the A68. The building on the right in the old Market Place, behind the War Memorial, is the Town Hall, built in 1861, which now has a library on the ground floor and Parish Clerk's office and function room on the upper floor. A Charter to hold a market here was granted in 1615 but its history is thought to go back as far as Saxon times.
There is an old photo of this location here LinkExternal link
Hound Hill opens on the left. The shop that was formerly Watson's Hardware & Footwear is up for sale. There used to be an Esso petrol sign on its left wall above the shop front. Next to the right is a Chinese Take Away, then a bric-a-brac shop ('All at Sixes & Sevens'), then the Post Office (its red sign and post box clearly visible). There is a café on the far corner, shown here NZ0737 : Cafe in Wolsingham
Wolsingham is a small market town in County Durham situated where the Waskerley Beck joins the River Wear. It styles itself as the 'Gateway to Weardale'. It is an interesting and friendly place, bustling with life, but with many old and interesting buildings. It now serves a predominantly agricultural community but once had a thriving and important steel works.

My descriptions have been aided by the local book: Wolsingham: Gateway to Weardale by Elaine Ridley, Margaret Shepheard and Vivien Welsh (ISBN 0 953074 97 B)

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

English Heritage learning zone: Wolsingham LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in Durham County Council collection: LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in the Beamish Museum People's Collection LinkExternal link

Wolsingham website: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Public buildings and spaces  Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Former (from Tags)
Town Hall  Market Place 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0759 3725 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.8107N 1:53.0197W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0755 3723
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Library  Shops  Road Junction  Post Office  War Memorial 

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