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StuartG

Lakeland to Lindisfarne

With the drizzle persisting and the garden more or less put away for the winter, I've had time to reflect upon two weeks of the summer when I walked across England with barely a drop of rain felt. Given the frequent pleasure I have from walking in the Lake District and a liking for a certain band, a long distance path called Lakeland to Lindisfarne was compelling.

The goal, apart from enjoying the sights and experience along the way, was to reach Holy Island, so all timings had to be worked back from the tide tables. By good luck, the route passed through Rothbury, where a certain musician was gracious enough to join me for a beer, but not before I'd enjoyed the Queen's Head speciality dish of Lindisfarne Chicken. How could I resist? I identified Jubilee Corner, and perhaps should have suggested that as somewhere to meet?

From Rothbury, the route took me via Alnick to the coast. I'd presumed I'd be walking the roads of east Northumberland, but was reliably told that these are further south.

In crossing to the island, photos had to be taken of the Pilgrims' Path poles, and on arrival more photos had to be taken of the castle and The Britannia. The Crown & Anchor, where I stayed, had a framed FOTT album sleeve on their wall, with the gatefold middle on display. So I took a photo of that as well. Ray L tells me this wasn't the pub featured in the sleeve photos, so I don't know the significance of FOTT to the C&A. Perhaps the owner is a fan?

All too soon it was time to cross back to the mainland to catch the bus the Berwick and the train south, full of the Kings Cross blues.












Waldo

Lakeland to Lindisfarne

Fascinating, thanks for sharing. Incidentally did Ray which was the pub featured on the FOTT sleeve?
StuartG

He did.....but I've forgotten! I think it was in Newcastle, but do remember he said it wasn't there anymore.
Mick

Fascinating journey. I'm jealous  Very Happy
Adrian

Re: Lakeland to Lindisfarne

Waldo wrote:
Fascinating, thanks for sharing. Incidentally did Ray which was the pub featured on the FOTT sleeve?


It was called Haymarket Hotel,and sadly it is no more.
Waldo

Lakeland to Lindisfarne

Thanks for that Adrian
I found an article about The Haymarket Hotel in the closed pubs site, you can see it here: http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/northumberland/newcastle_haymarket.html

I shall write and ask them to include this information on their site
Waldo

The Haymarket Hotel

Just to confirm that the Lost pub project has now included the Fog on the Tyne photo shoot reference and photos on their site.
http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/northumberland/newcastle_haymarket.html
StuartG

Splendid! Well done, Waldo.
Stentor

The current licensee of the Crown and Anchor is indeed a Lindisfarne fan. The pub featured on the FOTT sleeve is actually the old Northumberland Arms on Marygate (main street) on Holy Island; it is nowadays called The Ship. The lady in the photograph is the grandmother of the current C&A licensee, who is proud to represent the fifth generation of his family to be a Holy Island inkeeper.
If you look closely at the photographs, you can see that the band members in the pub appear to be dressed identically to how they are dressed in the shots taken outside the Britannia and by the marker poles for the pilgrim's path, which would fit with all the photos being taken on Holy Island on the same day.
One or two other items of Lindisfarne memorabilia have appeared on the wall at the C&A recently.
Waldo

Lakeland to Lindisfarne

Thanks for that, could be right. Stuart can you check that with Ray? I don't want to post inaccurate facts online.
StuartG

Hi Waldo,

I'll see what I can do, but I have no hot line!

I remember Ray saying that the pub is no longer there, which fits with the original diagnosis better than the new one, although I'd prefer the new one to be true. It's an interesting analysis, and it sounds as if Stentor has island connections.

When I spoke with Ray, which was after a gig, his friend was standing nearby, and remembered the pub in question. I think some relative had run it. However, that endorsement falls short of establishing that it was the one in the photo shoot. If/when I hear anything, I shall post it on here.
StuartG

I've just had an amazingly quick reply from Ray. He's confirmed that it was the Northumberland Arms, though he repeats that it's long gone.
Waldo

Lakeland to Lindisfarne

Hmmm the plot thickens. Logically it was either the Northumberland Arms and it IS still there, albeit not under the same name. Or it was the Haymarket which is certainly NOT still there. Time for my medicine Rolling Eyes

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