Beamish is an open air museum which aims to portray something of the life and work of northern people at two key points in the region's history (1820s and 1913). The website can be found here
Over the years the museum has grown in size as more and more buildings have been rebuilt from the originals. Items were constantly added to the collection to preserve them for future generations. The first sections were opened in the 70s, and work is always ongoing
I have visited this wonderful museum on several occasions, and have always wanted to show the very best images I could achieve. I have shown some of these images previously, but always wanted to try and get some better ones before trying to produce a definitive collection! If I wait until I can get back there then this project will never be completed, hence some images are what I call 'record shots' (because I know I can do better!)
Many of the images do look better in black and white; if you would like to see a small selection you will find them on my other website, click here to view them.
This Georgian manor house dates back to around 1720. The house, garden and farm buildings are typical of those which would be owned by a yeoman farmer and landowner.
The manor house is shown as it would have been in the 1820s, when a yeoman landowner with his family, labourers and servants ran the surrounding estate.
In the village below Pockerley Manor runs the Pockerley Waggonway. Horse waggonways had existed in the North East since the 17th century. The rails were usually made from wood, although after 1800 iron rails became increasingly popular. Locomotives and stationary engines were used to haul waggons with cables. In the North East all waggonways were built to move coal from the pits to the riverside
There is a separate section covering the Town area, re-creating a typical North Eastern market town in around 1913.
Some trams and buses which form part of the Beamish fleet of historic vehicles. Another separate section which helps to keep down the amount of content on each page!
This is another area for which I need to get more images. I am pretty sure there has been a lot more development in this area since my last visit.
By 1880 the North Eastern Railway Company owned a network of lines covering the North East of England. Beamish Station is a typical country station as it would have been around 1913. This signal box dates back to 1896, and came from Consett. The station was first built in 1867 in Rowley, near Consett.