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Durham City: City Route

Durham, DH1 3NJ

Discover the historic city of Durham in our digital treasure trail. Explore the Palace Green, cathedral, castle, and ancient streets in a new way.

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2.5 kms

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Begin your trail at the Durham Market Place in the centre of the city.
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Market Square Statue
Durham Council
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Begin your trail at the equestrian statue of the Marques of Londonderry that dominates the market square. Search for a stone plaque on the statues column.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

Aside from being Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, the Marquis was also the founder of what?

Hint: Two words

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Durham's historic Town Hall (built 1849-1851) is located in this market square. Inside you can see a medieval-looking hammerbeam roof, along with an extensive collection of plaques that display the coats of arms of influential Durham families.

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Silver Street
Victorian illustration of Silver Street
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Face the front of the statue then walk to the right and exit the Market Place onto Silver Street. Search a brick column on the building to the left of an ornate sandstone bank and look for an oval plaque.

In 1680 this site was the house of Sir... who?

Hint: Two words (four letters)

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54.776697
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Sir John Duck began his life in Durham as a butcher's apprentice. Initially he struggled to find employment, but he eventually rose to be one of the wealthiest residents of Durham following success as a businessman along with fortunate investments in houses, land, and collieries.

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Framwellgate Bridge
1799 watercolour by Thomas Girtin
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Continue walking along Silver Street until you reach the Framwellgate Bridge. Halfway across the bridge search for a square plaque.

In which year was the tower and gateway used to defend this bridge destroyed?

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In 1400 this bridge was broken by a flood. A ferry service was used as a crossing while the replacement bridge was constructed, with the profits split between the Bishop of Durham and the Prior of Durham Cathedral Priory.

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Moatside Lane Plaque
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Do not cross the bridge, instead turn around and walk back to the side you first entered. Look opposite for another oval plaque located above an alleyway.

Moatside Lane was a mediaeval route to the cathedral for... who?

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Moatside Lane runs along the former location of Durham Castles' 'dry moat'. As the only vulnerable side of Durham was the north side of the peninsula the dry moat and the northern perimeter of the castle was a crucial line of defense.

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Moatside Lane
The Chronicle.
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Enter the alleyway and follow Moatside Lane. Look for a directional sign around halfway along the alley.

Which street is located in the same direction as the Castle & Cathedral?

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Saddler Street is one of the three old roads out of the Market Place, along with Silver Street and Claypath. Photo: Durham University Rag Week, Saddler Street, 1956

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The North Gate
Durham World Heritage Site
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Continue along Moatside Lane until it ends at Saddler Street. Turn right and follow Saddler Street until you reach a junction with Owengate to the right (signposted to the Castle & Cathedral). Search the sandstone building on the corner for another oval plaque above a doorway..

This was formerly the site of the North Gate which was rebuilt in which year?

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The great North Gate was one of the castle's most important defensive structures. Constructed at the vulnerable north-end of the peninsula, it was extended numerous times over centuries of use prior to its demolition in the 1820s.

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For Valour
Palace Green in 1821, Durham World Heritage
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Turn right and follow Owengate until you reach the Palace Green. Look to your left anf find a plaque titles 'For Valour' near a red postbox.

How many of the Durham Light Infantry gave their lives in France?

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You are now in the Palace Green. It is believed that this area was originally a marketplace during the construction of the cathedral, until the market was moved north to its current location in the 12th century by Bishop Flombard.

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Castle Gates
This Is Durham
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With your back to the 'For Valour' plaque continue around the Palace Green in an anti-clockwise direction (walking back past the entrance to Owengate). When you reach a corner of the green look for another oval plaque on the building to the left of the castle gates.

The 'former Exchequer and Chancery of the Palatinat' was built for which Bishop?

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Construction of Durham Castle began in 1072 by order of William the Conqueror. The castle was of strategic importance to defend the troublesome border with Scotland, and to control local English rebellions.

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County Court House
Durham University
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Continue walking around the Palace Green and after a short distance look for a square plaque by the door of what was originally the County Court House building.

In which year was this building passed to the Union Society?

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Today this building is part of the Palace Green Library, which is comprised of several buildings that form the basis of Durham University’s special collections libraries and archives. The shield on the right is the coat-of-arms of Bishop Shute Barrington, who had it constructed.

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Memorial Cross
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Walk around the side of the building and locate a large stone cross in dedication to the Durham Light Infantry.

In which year was this cross, dedicated to the South African Campaign 1890-1902 (2nd Boer War) erected?

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Durham Cathedral was constructed between 1093 and 1133 in the Romanesque style, built to house the shrine of St Cuthbert. The Cathedral has been in continuous use, holding over 1700 services per year. It costs around £60,000 per week to maintain.

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Almshouses
Durham World Heritage Site
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Continue around the Palace Green until you reach the Almshouses

Bishop Cosin's Almshouses were built in 1666, replacing Bishop Langley's Song & Grammar school which was built here in which year?

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Almshouses were buildings used to provide hosung for poor people who could not afford to pay rent. In 1837 the property was handed over to Durham University.

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Museum & Heritage Centre
The Genealogist
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Turn around and walk towards Durham Cathedral, then exit the Place Green via a narrow footpath in front of the cathedral signed to the Heritage Centre and Museum.

Look through the metal gated to the left of the Museum & Heritage Centre and look for a blue oval plaque on the side. The plaque states that it was awarded... what?

Hint: Three words

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Originally the Church of St Mary-le-Bow, this site became a Heritage Centre & Museum in 1972. The current building was constructed in the 1670s, and replaced an older church which collapsed in 1637 along with an adjacent gateway.

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Revd Greenwell
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Turn right in front of the museum and walk along North Bailey street. After a short walk (approx 150 metres) look high on your left for a circular green plaque.

The Revd William Greenwell was born in which year?

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College Building
Durham World Heritage Site
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Continue along North Bailey street until you reach a large sandstone building with a crest above the door.

What is the name of the college?

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St John’s College was founded in 1909 to train those who wanted to become priests for the Church of England It became associated with Durham University in 1923. Photo: St John’s College Centenary Dash (2009).

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Prebends Bridge
Watercolour by George Fennell
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Continue along the street until it ends at an archway. Walk through the arch and follow the short path down until you reach a stone bridge.

Look for a stone plaque at the opposite end of the bridge. The poem states that Durham is "Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the"... who?

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Prebends bridge was originally built from 1772 to 1778 as a private road for the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The bridge is a Grade 1 listed building.

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The Counts House
Daytrippers in 1910, The Northern Echo
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Turn around and re-cross the bridge, heading back to the archway. do not re-enter the arch but turn right and follow the path until you reach a stone temple folly.

Look for the information board nearby. In 1881 this folly was a home to a family of how many people?

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The Counts House was constructed around 1820 as a folly. It's named after a 3ft 3in Polish dwarf Count Joseph Boruwlaski who was rumored to have inhabited this tiny abode. However, this tale is a misnomer as the count never lived here.

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Elvet Bridge
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Continue along the path past the Counts House, keeping the River Wear to your right. The path will go under a high footbridge before you eventually walk under the older Elvet Bridge archway.

Walk under Elvet Bridge then look under the next archway for an information board titled 'Walls & Towers of Historic Durham.'. What is the name of the path that can be found just below The Monastery?

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Construction of the bridge began in 1160 and has been modified extensively since. There is some dispute over how many arches exist, the river runs through 4 arches with the rest being dry. The latest number of varified arches is 10, though others may be hidden under street-level.

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Saddler Street
Elvet Bridge circa 1900. Aberdeen City Council
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Carefully walk up the steps to the top of Elvet Bridge, then turn right and head slightly uphill along the street until you reach a junction.

On the directional signpost what is the middle location shown, in the same direction as the Market Place & Town Hall and the Bus Station?

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Statue of Neptune
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Walk back to the Market Place and look for a tall column with a statue of Neptune atop.

In which year was this statue restored to its traditional home in the Market Place?

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The bare-bottomed statue was originally installed in the market place in 1729 at an octagonal pant, providing fresh water to the people of Durham. In 1923 the statue was moved to nearby Wharton Park, before finally being restored in this location in 1991.

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