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The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland


Scheduled Excursions 2017

The Society organises a programme of summer excursions to a variety of sites in Durham and Northumberland and beyond. In 2012 we visited the Rotunda Museum and Castle at Scarborough (with Society President Dr Andrew Millard and Erik Matthews), Excavations at Vindolanda Roman Fort and the Roman Army Museum, Hexham (with Dr Peter Ryder and Dr Eric Cambridge, a joint event with CBA North) and finally the Victoria Tunnel at Ouseburn, Newcastle (with Roger Fern). Our programme of excursions for summer 2014 will be publicised early in the year.

The Society organises a programme of summer excursions to a variety of sites in Durham and Northumberland and beyond. Since 2012 we have also organised an annual extended excursion further afield, with trips to Chester (2012), Chepstow (2013), Leominster (2014), Ipswich/East Anglia (2015) and Portsmouth and Hinterland (2016). This year we plan to visit North-West Wales (see below):

Depending on numbers, excursions may be open to all, but priority is given to members. Please join us if you would enjoy visits to places of historical and archaeological importance, and the company of a friendly and enthusiastic group of like-minded people.

Vindolanda Roman Fort, Northumberland.
Excursion to North-West Wales, led by Dr David Mason

Friday 8th - Tuesday 12th September 2017

The itinerary for this excursion will include most if not all of the following: at least one of the castles of Edward I (definitely Beaumaris and possibly Caernarfon), the Great Orme prehistoric copper mine, Penrhyn Castle (19th century Gothic stately home of a slate mine owner), Plas Newydd (the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey), Port Merion (an extravagant creation of a village in the Italianate style founded 1925 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and the location of the 1960s classic series ‘The Prisoner’ starring Patrick McGoohan), and the Llechwedd slate-mining centre.

To register your interest please telephone, text or email Dr David Mason: tel 07966 547272, or email

Other excursions
For more information or to book a place on any of the following excursion please email Louise Gosling

Date Event Description
10th June 2017
Markenfield Hall and Ripon Markenfield Hall, 3 miles south of Ripon, is a moated manor house, built in 1310 by Edward II's Chancellor of the Exchequer, John de Markenfield. Described as Yorkshire's best kept secret and privately owned by Mr Ian and Lady Deirdre Curteis, the Hall is accessed along a medieval road. The approach is over a bridge which replaced the drawbridge, then through a Tudor gatehouse into the medieval courtyard.

After our visit to Markenfield Hall, we shall visit Ripon, where members will be free to explore the Cathedral with its Saxon crypt, the Workhouse Museum, the Police/Prison museum etc.
2nd July 2017
Quaker Houses of Darlington; a walk led by Martin Roberts This will be a day-long walking tour of Darlington, guided by Martin Roberts, focussed on the early nineteenth century Quaker houses of the town’s businessmen and bankers – the Peases and the Backhouses. There will also be a thorough look at St Cuthbert’s church, one of the most important medieval churches in the region, and a building that still poses some questions as yet unanswered. The walk will inevitably take in anything along the way of architectural or historical interest. By way of a much-needed rest, a leisurely Sunday lunch will be taken in the Bannatyne Hotel, the former Southend mansion of Joseph Pease, the first Quaker MP.

2nd September 2017
Kirkleatham and Street House excavations We will arrive at the Kirkleatham museum, a magnificent Queen Anne building containing a wide range of semi-permanent displays covering local and social history and the maritime and industrial heritage of the area, and the Saxon Princess exhibition, with finds from the Street House excavations. After lunch we will visit the excavation currently in progress under the direction of Steve Sherlock.

The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland