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  1. Made them this year as well!
  2. Answers to the Easter Special: Cortenuova, Italy (but it was made by the company ‘Tosca’) I am the Walrus Peter Carl Fabergé also known as Karl Gustavovich Fabergé Palm Sunday Pontius Pilate Maundy money Monty Python £155 ($218) It was baked in London 1829 then bought at an antiques show in the UK in 2000. The Flying Bells. In remembrance of Jesus’ death the bells fly to the Vatican and are blessed by the Pope. On the way back they collect eggs and chocolate which they drop into the gardens of well-behaved French children on Easter Sunday. Simnel cake Traditionally there are 11 balls representing the12 apostles, minus Judas The blood of Jesus The moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Cumberbunny) Crucifixion day Poland Kinder Surprise. Since 2016 the law forbids the use of toys to promote sale of any item high in calories, saturated fats, sugar or sodium. To provide a fixed date for Easter (NB. The law, although passed, is not yet implemented) Yes. 1978 To disguise eventual flaws. Because it’s easier than trying to wallpaper them. Thank you for putting up with it for two years! If we get locked in again, which i suspect is possible, you may have to put up with it again.
  3. Thanks for your input Symptoms. It answered a lot of questions and created even more! The cement rendering explains why I was thinking it was stone built. The rendering must have been scored to make it look like stone blocks. I don't suppose you could say exactly where that doorway by the two priests was located? I have a photo of my mother at the same door but, as I said,it looks like stone. Myself, I can't remember it at all. I'm still rummaging through the census records. The fruit trees you mention may have belonged to a market garden. 1891, 1901 and 1911 there is a 5 roomed property (Rose Villa)next door to the presbytery and the occupier (different at each census) is always a gardener/market gardener). It seems to have been an area of mixed class. Catholic Row consisted basically of 12, 1 - 2 room terrassed houses where 1 room could accomodate a family of 6 and even find room for a lodger! On the other hand there were a couple of 5 room properties with only two people living 'by own means'. One, 'Lydia Luxon' ,who was in 5 rooms 1891, down-sized to two rooms in 1901 and was still there in 1911. Claims to be married but there is never any sign of a husband. She's definitely sparked an interest! Then there's Mr Beadnell, a 'grocer's cartman'. I wonder if it was him ho eventually had the shop at the top-end? Thanks again! I may have more questions for you as I dig deeper.
  4. Looking forward to any information you can find!
  5. I'd had a look down there as well. I'm searching the census at the minute and I can already see that the priest lived where the rear of the Masonic hall is now. I'm still digging. It's an interesting street!
  6. Happy Easter everybody! Here's an Easter special to pit your wits against: The world’s biggest chocolate Easter egg was 34 ft tall and weighed 15 873 lbs. Where was it made? In which Beatles song will you find the words “I am the egg man, they are the egg men”? Virtually all Fabergé eggs were made under the supervision of the famous Russian jeweler who gave them their name. What was his full name? What is the Sunday before Easter called? Which governor of the Roman province of Judaea presided over the trial of Jesus? At Easter, on the day before Good Friday, the British monarch distributes small silver coins known as what? Which comedy group wrote and starred in Life of Brian? How much did the most expensive hot cross bun cost? In the USA, the Easter Bunny delivers Easter eggs. Who delivers them in France? What is the name of the fruit cake decorated with marzipan balls which is traditionally eaten in England at Easter? What do the marzipan balls, mentioned in question 10, represent? The first Easter eggs were dyed red to represent what? The date on which Easter falls is determined by what? Which celebrity was made into a chocolate for the first time in 2015? Good Friday honours which of the following: crucifixion day, resurrection day or the day of the last supper? In which country is Easter celebrated with a massive water fight? There are many egg-shaped sweets. Which of the following is illegal in the USA:Cadbury Creme Egg, Kinder Surprise, Whoppers Robin Egg? What was the purpose of the Easter Act of 1928 (in the British parliament? Has Patti Smith ever recorded a song called Easter? What is the purpose of the ‘crocodile skin’ pattern that appears on some chocolate eggs? 21. Bonus question: Why do we paint Easter eggs? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Hunting dogs that were not owned by William the Conqueror had three toes removed to slow them down when trying to catch game. Answers will be posted on TUESDAY next week as i won't be able to post on Thursday as usual.
  7. I was wondering if that was the door Symptoms was referring to. I thought that the priests lived to the west of the RC church but I could be wrong. I don't know much about Catholic Row - but would like to. It has a little niche in my research. As I said earlier, I was at one wedding there and as a Girl Guide I was once in the catholic school at some joint event in the very early 60s. It lay behind the church away from the road. I'm wondering if the photo of the two priests is taken in front of the school? The gate to the left suggests it might be. I have two photos taken in front of the church and both show it as stone-built. @Symptoms kind sir, could you give us any description of the church (outside) or the street itself at the time of your 'fruit picking'? It would be a great help.
  8. @Symptoms do you mean the door that's seen at the end of the masonic building? I always thought the priest's residence adjoined the church.
  9. Answers to last wek's quiz: Argentina Italian Vermouth Eva Braun Basketball Animal (Bird) Cumbria Vengeance Renegade Drone Nessun Dorma Battle of Trafalgar Scorpio Easter special tomorrow when we can take stock of our knowledge on eggs and bunnies.
  10. Referring back to my earlier quote: ”the 1876 sanctuary survives as the presbytery garage with a meeting room above, the original coffered roof running parallel to Catholic Row and the former ’north’ sanctuary two-light window surviving at first floor level. The rendered gable may contain the chancel arch” and relating it to the interior photo recently posted I think It’s now possible to see what’s happened to the church. What can be seen in the interior photo is the nave looking toward the chancel arch which separated the chancel from the nave (the chancel being that part of the church housing the altar, credence table and seating for the clergy. Even this area is sometimes referred to as the sanctuary). The pulpit is in the nave and to the right of the altar. Behind the pulpit is the door which leads to the sanctuary. I believe the main body of the church, the nave, has been demolished leaving the chancel and sanctuary intact. This would account for the vacant area opposite the reservoir. The quoted text suggests that the chancel arch we see in the photo may even be contained in the rendered gable. That space beyond the arch has now been converted to house the presbytery garage. Next to that garage is the two light (now only one light) window which was originally situated in the sanctuary, through the door to the right and situated behind the alter The quoted text also mentions the ”coffered roof of the sanctuary”. I had to google it but a coffered roof (ceiling would have been more helpful) consists of a series of rectangular, square or octagonal grids in three dimension sunken or recessed panels. This feature can be clearly seen just beyond the chancel arch.
  11. Good lad! You're working well! Just to add to the confusion: I've just talked to a former colleague who informed me that a presbytery doesn't have to be the priest's residence. It can also be a part of a church near the altar which is reserved for clergymen. (His speciality was ecclesiastical documents so I think he probably knows what he's talking about). I never knew it had several meanings but it would locate it close to the sanctuary and the chancel arch at the gable end. Maybe it is the old church after all.
  12. Maps from 1924 and 1938 show St Bedes as located parallel to Catholic Row (which is how I remember it) and exactly opposite the BUDC’s water reservoir. Google Earth 2009 shows that space as unoccupied by anything other than the narthex of the new church. I am now tempted to believe the church may have been demolished and we are looking at the former presbytery. Here are the maps and photo I’m referring to. (Re GE photo: ignore the marker for St Bedes RC Church which is wrongly placed on the Free Masons, St Cuthbert’s Lodge. If you’ve any doubts take a street view on GE and you’ll see a brass plaque on the eastern corner, St Cuthbert’s cross in every window and further stone crosses on either gable end). Eggy, perhaps there are Catholics available on other sites, who could help identify the gable end?
  13. That site is quite good. I've used it a few times for other churches. However, I have to admit i found the entry for St Bede's a bit confusing. The piece I quoted refers to the garage and the meeting room above it, as well as the window, as originally being the 1876 sanctuary – in other words, part of the church. It refers to the rendered gable as possibly containing the chancel arch – also part of the church. However, if you continue reading the description of the new church which follows, its third paragraph tells us that ”the 1870s presbytery (which also contains a parish office and a first floor meeting room accessed by a circular staircase tower) is to the northwest [of the new church] along Catholic Row.” This suggests that the gable end belongs not to the church but to the presbytery - the home of the priest. The circular staircase tower is, I am presuming, that tower seen on the photo i posted from Google Earth.
  14. This might be of interest. The church had its beginnings in 1875 as a mission and a school and was adapted to a church. Accommodation for a priest was added the following year. The roof of both the church and the presbytery were replaced as recently as 1970 but the concrete tiles caused structural damage leading to a decision to rebuild the church. Now the interesting bit: ”the 1876 sanctuary survives as the presbytery garage with a meeting room above, the original coffered roof running parallel to Catholic Row and the former ’north’ sanctuary two-light window surviving at first floor level. The rendered gable may contain the chancel arch.” (https://taking-stock.org.uk/building/bedlington-st-bede) Here’s a screenshot of the side of the building on Google Earth. The ’rendering’ is clearly visble in this (and the previous photo) as is the presbytery garage and ground floor window.
  15. I'm not too aquainted with the RC Church in Bedlington, only that one wedding, but if this is it then it hadn't been demolished in 2009 as the picture is from Google Earth of that year. I've a vague recollection of hearing that the old church would somehow be incorporated into the new building and looking at the Google earth view this would appear to be so. It's had a facelift since the 1960s.
  16. Was it this building (the gable end showing with cross at its highest poin) or am I totally mistaken? I have one picture from my sister's wedding which I believe to be taken on the corner of the building early 1960s.
  17. This week i would like to know (I only managed 5 myself): Who beat Holland in the 1978 World Cup Final? In the drink ‘Gin and it’ what is ‘it’? Who was Adolf Hitler’s mistress? In which sport did Wilt Chamberlain and Alton Byrd achieve fame? Quetzel – is it animal, vegetable or mineral? In which county are all ten of England’s highest peaks? Nemesis was the Greek goddess of what? What term for a turncoat was especially applied to a Christian who turned to Islam? What is a male honeybee called? What was the title of the 1990 World Cup anthem, sung by Pavarotti? The signal ‘England expects that every man shall do his duty’? was supposedly sent before which battle What is the eigth sign of the zodiac? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Mary Queen of Scots became Queen at the age of one week. Answers on Thursday next week. The next quiz, Good Friday, will be an Easter Special. It will also be the last quiz for this session. We have now been let out after the pandemic so I'm off on holiday shortly. The nights are lighter now and life is starting to get back to normal so on my return there are people to see and places to visit which haven't been seen/visited for a couple of years. Then there's my lovely garden which is crying out for some springtime TLC.
  18. The saying 'One man's meat is another man's poison' applies equally well to types of housing as to types of business on the high street.
  19. What do you mean "will have gone back"? I've never stopped. Netherton habits die hard.
  20. Answers to last week's quiz: Sir Gary Sobers December 31 Sea of Marmara The Brontes Neil Young Los Angeles McCoy Air Force Base (the airport’s former name ) Apricot Millie Jackson Owl is the only character in the Winnie the Pooh books who actually lives in Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh, and all his friends, live in the imaginary land surrounding Hundred Acre Wood. Italy Wat Tyler New quiz tomorrow.
  21. Rosco, am I right in thinking that you don’t consider tattoo parlours useful either? Add them to the 20 hairdressers/barbers/nail bars and beauty salons in and around the main street and that’s 23 successful small businesses giving life to the street or, to put it another way, that’s 23 (at least) employment opportunities. OK, they may not be the type of business you or I have any use for but clearly other people do. To judge the need for a business by the number of customers at any one time of day when you happen to be passing by seems a little unfair. Irrespective of the fact that there is only one customer when you happen to pass by the barbers, there may be countless at those times when you are not around. There are many businesses that have quiet and busy periods both throughout the day, the week or even the year – pubs, hairdressers and cat hotels, to name but one of each, where evenings, Friday/Saturday and summer holidays, in that order, are when income is generated. They must be doing something right if they are surviving despite the quiet periods. Correct me if I’m misunderstanding you but I am starting to get the feeling that some of your disgruntlement is because you feel that these businesses are being approved/supported/favoured by the local authority at the cost of erecting a leisure centre? Let me ask two questions – to anybody who can answer them: How many of those 23 business premises are rented from the local authority? Would a leisure centre fit into any of those premises? If the answer to the first is anywhere between 1 and 23 then those businesses are making a contribution to the coffers of the local authority – which could help to provide the longed for leisure centre rather than preventing its coming into being. If the answer to the second is no, then the small businesses are not utilising any space that could be put to use for such a leisure centre. On a lighter note: Sorry to hear the pub isn’t being built anymore but with 8-9 drinking establishments in and around the main street perhaps it’s already reached saturation point? A conundrum: Every resident in Bedlington (give or take the odd one or two who for medical reasons or otherwise doesn’t have hair, and those like Eggy who manage their own hair growth) requires the services of a hairdresser/barber from childhood through to old age. Every person in Bedlington does not require the services of a public house because it is illegal for any child younger than 16 years to drink alcohol in licensed premises (unless accompanied by an adult). With no accompanying adult the age is raised to 18 years. That’s quite a big chunk of the population who are excluded. I haven’t counted but I strongly suspect that there are at least as many licensed premises as hairdressers/barbers in Bedlington yet the former has fewer potential clients. Can anybody explain how this is possible?
  22. I understand how you feel, Rosco. I’ve felt the same way about the number of tatoo parlours in some towns – Bedlington included. However, as long as these businesses are successfull and paying there way, we can´t say that saturation point has been reached. First when one of them goes out of business due to insufficient customers, can we say that saturation point has been reached – and then only if the remaining businesses cannot accomodate those customers because they are already working at full capacity. Saturation point for the onlooker, who is sick of the sight of them and longing for something else to take their place, is more easily reached but that’s another matter. Certainly, it would be nice if there was more variation on the street but until there are enough enterprising individuals with new ideas willing to chance the investment, AND sufficient customers who want their services, then isn’t it better with six hairdressers rather than six boarded up shop fronts?
  23. I am failing to see how establishing a successful business on the main street is dependent on there being a leisure centre. People who go to leisure centres go there for just that purpose – leisure. In all those which I’ve visited I have been able to buy everything I need for the purpose: leisure wear, hygiene products and bath towels (should I have forgotten to take mine along with me) as well as food and refreshments should I need/want them. I’ve even visited a hairdresser in one of them. So, as I see it, these facilities within the leisure centre (if they keep their prices down) may even kill some business that already exists on the street. Perhaps it’s being suggested that a leisure centre would attract footfall from other towns? Which towns? Morpeth? Already got one! Ashington? Already got one! Blyth? Already got one! They may visit one or two times, just to see what it’s like, but unless Bedlington’s liesure centre has some unique, gigantic, ’can’t be lived without’ magnet of a special attraction they’ll soon realise that they can have the same experience, without travel time and costs, on their own doorstep. Most of the arguments I’ve read in previous topics related to wanting a leisure centre in Bedlington have revolved around just that question – the need to avoid travel. Eggy, as long as Bedlington’s high street has its business premises occupied and in use – with whatever – then I would say it IS thriving. If it wasn’t it would look like the Nottingham street in the photo above. As Vic points out, ’business’ doesn’t need to be a shop. For me, and I suspect many others, where I do my weekly shopping is not just a question of its cheaper prices that makes me choose a supermarket. It’s also the time and the effort that would be involved should i choose to shop in small specialized grocery shops. I could never go back to my mother’s way of shopping; 2-3 times a week (morning or afternoon only and no Sunday opening), carrying increasingly heavy shopping bags from one shop to another, waiting in a queue in EVERY shop then waiting for the item to be wrapped (no pre-packed veg.) then lugging them all the way home in time for the kids coming home from school. A half day’s work at best. No thank you! Much better with once a week, one stop - preferably on the way home from work (or the leisure centre when I’m out and about anyway), shopping trolley instead of heavy bags (no carrying), one queue at the checkout then trolley to the car park. An hour and a half at the very most. It would be interesting to hear just what would be considered ’useful’ and at the same time able to be accomodated in any of the small business premises on Bedlington’s high street, should they become vacant.
  24. Sorry! wrong quote! I must get new specs!
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