Local Records; Or, Historical Register of Remarkable Events: Which Have Occurred in Northumberland and Durham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Berwick Upon Tweed, from the Earliest Period of Authentic Record, to the Present Time; with Biographical Notices of Deceased Persons of Talent, Eccentricity, and Longevity, Volume 1

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I have been the proud owner of this unbeatable historical book in Two Volumes which has been passed down through the family over the past 135 years. It was my great grandfather William P Bartlett who purchased the two volumes in 1880 and had them bound into one volume.I received the book from my uncle J Bartlett in 2001, and whilst I was researching the family tree,I found a few accounts resembling the family written down in several pages which has helped me a great deal. My research has took me from Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland to Reeth in Yorkshire with this book used as my key agent. Since my great grandfather, the book has been passed down through four generations to my youngest son. So anyone who is interested a near accurate account of the North East & Durham, from Roman to 1864 I can certainly recommend this John Sykes book to anyone. 

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Page 193 - An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen : in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
Page 188 - ... place they passed on Monday and Tuesday, the inhabitants followed the example set them by their neighbours of Carnarvon, and in a few hours the sum of 20;.
Page 8 - I'm dead." Bede's-Well .— About a mile to the west of Jarrow (near Newcastle-uponTyne), there is a well still called Bede's Well, to which, as late as the year 1740, it was a prevailing custom to bring children troubled with any disease or infirmity ; a crooked pin was put in, and the well laved dry between each dipping.
Page 99 - Upon this the lady gave it him, and told him its many virtues, viz. that it cured all diseases in cattle, and the bite of a mad dog both in man and beast. It is used by dipping the stone in water, which is given to the diseased cattle to drink ; and the person who has been bit, and the wound or part infected, is washed with the water.
Page 108 - Thence we came to Durham, where was a man come down from London to set up a college there to make ministers of Christ, as they said.
Page 86 - Robinson dwelt, who was deputy herald under Norroy, king at arms. This man wrote in a book the arms of all the mayors of this town from Laurentius Acton, until his time ; and when I was chamberlain of the town, which was about the time of Sir Nicholas Cole's being mayor, in the year 1640, it was then in the town's chamber ; when Trollop built the town court, he borrowed it but would never return it.
Page 1 - The religion of the Britons was one of the most considerable parts of their government ; and the Druids, who were their priests, possessed great authority among them. Besides ministering at the altar, and directing all religious duties, they presided over the education of youth ; they enjoyed an immunity from...
Page 204 - Early in this month the workmen employed in making the military road to Carlisle, found a great number of curious Roman coins and medals, in the ruins of the old wall near Heddon. They had been deposited in wooden boxes, which were almost decayed ; yet several of the medals were as fresh and fair as if newly struck.
Page 41 - Knaresborough to meet him, and, being unacquainted with the custom of this church, went through the abbey gates to the priory, and after supping with the king, retired to rest. This alarmed the monks, one of whom went to the king, and informed him, that St. Cuthbert had a mortal aversion to the presence of a woman. Unwilling to give any offence to the church, Edward immediately ordered the queen to arise, who, in her under garments only, returned by the gate through which she had entered, and went...
Page 136 - ... of St. Giles', Holborn. However, either a sham burial took place, or the corpse was afterwards removed, for it was certainly carried secretly by his friends, resting by day and travelling only by night, into Northumberland, and deposited with the remains of his father in the chapel at Dilston. Tradition still points out Whitesmocks, near the city of Durham, as one of the places where the corpse rested, thus avoiding that city. In consequence of much conjecture having arisen with respect to the...

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