We were going to see my cousin and her husband just outside Carlisle, as they were opening their garden to the public for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme, so on our way over we stopped at Hexham, which is a market town in Northumberland, and is possibly best-known for its Abbey. The Waterstones is located in a pedestrian street in the heart of the shopping area.
The Abbey was originally constructed in around AD 674 from Roman ruins found locally in the surrounding areas and the building has been added to over the years. Whilst we were there, the Abbey had an art installation ‘On Angel Wings’, which is in tribute to the many people who have died of Covid-19 and consists of around 4500 origami angels suspended 45ft high in the Abbey’s Chancel and lit from the sides. It is a stunning display.
Below, clockwise from top left – The Moot Hall (originally a meeting place and the town’s courthouse), Hexham Old Gaol (England’s oldest gaol), the Shambles Covered Market.
My cousin’s garden!