Summer Walk Report No 1, Carlisle Park & St Marys Church, Morpeth - Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

On Tuesday 3rd June, Morpeth Camera Clubs summer walks and visits programme started with a walk on their own doorstep.
Meeting in Castle Square members were welcomed by Davy Bolam and led through Carlisle Park and up onto the top of the
"Ha' Hill". Here views over the town were shared with the resident herd of Shetland sheep that were grazing in the evening
Carlisle Park, the River Wansbeck, Church Steeples and the Courthouse were amongst the prominent buildings that could be
seen, and to the south Morpeth Castle, which was originally the castle gatehouse, built around 1350. The group then
descended to cross the Postern Burn, before climbing up to photograph the castle which is now owned by the landmark trust.
Out onto the "High Road", the walk continued west & then down past the Sun Inn public house to The Morpeth Parish Church
of St Mary the Virgin.
Access had been arranged for the Camera Club to photograph the inside of this beautiful 14th Century building. Tripods were
used as members looked for images and the colourful stained glass windows, alter, nave, and vaulted roof were the first items
that drew attention. Stone carvings, ornate wooden alter screens, stone pillars, the pulpit & church organ were amongst
the numerous subjects captured by different members.
The church tower and exterior, the churchyard and the grave of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison were all visited before the
group returned to Castle Square via the Arboretum Walk through Deuchar Park.
A good start to the Summer Walks programme and the club wish to record their thanks to the Revd Jeremy Cooper for his
time and assistance with our visit. Eighteen members contributed to a pleasant evening and I look forward to seeing the
images taken on this photographic exercise.


Davy Bolam.