Postcards of Barnard Castle
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Postcard The Bank  Barnard Castle

Photograph The Bank Barnard Castle 110809
A postcard published by Frith's & Co., looking NNE up The Bank.  Exact date unknown but the card is Art Nouveau in style and the cars look early 20th Century.  The building in the centre is Blagrove House, which features on other cards.

Photograph taken in August 2009 from a similar viewpoint.
PC The Market Cross Barnard Castle

Photograph The Market Cross 110809
A postcard showing the Market Cross in Barnard Castle, published by Walter Benton & Co., Glasgow and postmarked  August 7th., 1917.  Apparently the building to the left of the cross was known as Amen Corner and which was the location of Humphrey's Clock Shop which featured in his novel "Master Humphrey's Clock".

Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.  Difficult to find the exact spot due to cars parked along the road.  Amen Corner was apparently demolished in 1933 for the purpose of street improvement.
Dickens and Barnard Castle.

Postcard Blagrove's House Barnard Castle

Photograph Blagrove's House 110809
A postcard showing a closer view of Blagrove's House.  Also published by Friths.  Unpublished but a similar date to the card showing The Bank.

Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.  THe building is now a restaurant and is apparently the oldest house in Barnard Castle (built 1672). 
Postcard Blagrove House Barnard Castle
Photograph Blagrove House 110809
Another card showing a different view of  "Blagrove House".   This card published in the Stoddart's Series and postmarked December 31st., 1905 and sent as a Christmas card.

Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.  Note that the small statues outside the house were not present at the time of the postcard.
Postcard Cromwell House Barnard Castle Photograph Cromwell House 110809
Yet another view of the house but this time named "Cromwell House".  Date and publisher unknown.  This was taken at the time when the house was used as a museum. Apparently Cromwell stayed in the house in 1648.  The small statues are visible in this photograph. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.
 More details and history of Blagrove's House.
Postcard The Castle - Barnard Castle Photograph The Castle 110809
Another Friths postcard, with a view of the castle from the River Tees.  Unposted and exact date unknown. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.
Postcard Abbey Bridge Barnard Castle Photograph Abbey Bridge - 110809
Postcard showing the Toll Gates on Abbey Bridge, near Barnard Castle. Again published by Frith's but unposted, so exact date unknown but from other cards must be early 1900's.  The bridge was built in 1773 and was in use as  a toll bridge until the mid 20th century.
 More info on the bridge.
Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken August 2009.  Unfortunately the actual Toll Gate buildings were demolished quite recently, possibly in order to improve visibility for road traffic.  If so, what a shame.  
Postcard Abbey Bridge Barnard Castle Photograph Abbey Bridge Toll Gate 110809
Another postcard of the bridge, this time published in the Stoddard's Series.  Postmarked year not visible but bears an Edward VII stamp (1901-1910).  The woman in the Toll House must have got used to having her photograph taken. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken in August 2009.
Postcard Abbey Bridge Barnard Castle Photograph Toll House Abbey Bridge 110809
Another card of the Toll House, published by Valentine's and postmarked July 16th., 1919.   Woman not present this time. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken August 2009.   If anyone has any details of this bridge and it's history, please e-mail.
Postcard Eggleston Abbey Barnard Castle Photograph Egglestone Abbey 110809
A postcard depicting Egglestone Abbey, after which the Abbey Bridge is named.  Publisher unknown but postmarked August 14th. 1903. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken August 2009.  Egglestone Abbey  was a Premonstratensian monastic house, founded between 1168 1198 and is cared for by English Heritage.  Admission is free.  
More details.
Postcard Egglestone Abbey Barnard Castle Photograph Egglestone Abbey 110809
Another card of Egglestone Abbey, from the Dainty Series.  Postmarked July 19th, 1907. Photograph from a similar viewpoint taken August 2009.
Postcard Egglestone Abbey Barnard Castle Photograph Egglestone Abbey 110809
Postcard of the Abbey, printed by Delittle, Fenwick and Co. York, for Christian Novels Publishing Co.  Here the name is apparently given as "Eccleston" Abbey, which is incorrect.  There is a village of Eggleston to the NE of Barnard Castle but no Eccleston. Photograph taken from a similar viewpoint in August 2009.  The view is towards the probable site of the High Altar and the object in the foreground is the "table" tomb of Sir Rafe Bowes, which was clearly reconstructed later than the image shown in the postcard.
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