As we knew we would be coming back we didn't even try to see everything; we knew that was impossible anyway, the OH and I tried it a few years ago and only managed about two thirds of the site. With my reduced mobility, my mum on my arm (yes, but she can get up steps a lot faster than me, and beat me in Sainsbury's if she's got the trolley) and the OH's mum and her bionic knees, we really had to face reality and set ourselves just two of the areas for the first day. We visited the town - including the pub - and the pit village.
I feel I want to write a lot about Beamish, but maybe later. I really want to get onto Crook ... if I do another post about the museum I'll link it backwards to here, I promise.
The plan said we were going to Crook for tea at the new Wetherspoon's pub there.
|The Horse Shoe Inn, Crook|
The meal in the pub was fine, the young man serving even managed to whip up a bowl of warm water for my mum to use as a finger bowl with her rack of ribs - probably not a frequent request in a Wetherspoon's. Then the OH and I noticed a familiar face at the neighbouring table - an old friend from the Great British Beer Festival. Hugs and exclamations and introductions to the two mums followed. Wonderful, what a small world!
After the OH and I had finished our tea we went for a walk around Crook so I could take some photos.
|St Catherine's Church, Crook from an old postcard|
|Church Hill in Crook|
The market square has changed a lot from the old photos I've seen online. My great granddad worked at the Co-op, or so the family story goes. He is enumerated as a Grocer's Assistant in 1901 in Crook.
|North Terrace, Crook from an old postcard|
|North Terrace, Crook 2013|
We collected the mums from the Wetherspoon's and returned to the car. On the way we spotted an advert in a building society window for a 400 page illustrated history book about Crook. It only seems to be on sale locally and might have been a very short print run as the paperback is £20 and the 'limited edition' hard back £40. I'll add it to my wishlist ... but not hold my breath.