Back In Time At Beamish – Part 2

I loved Beamish and everything about it but my favourite part was undoubtedly the town – set in the 1900’s there is so much to see, do and explore. You could spend the whole day here without going anywhere else.

Before our visit Son had read about the old fashioned sweet shop. The moment we stepped off the tram he made a beeline for this place. It was wonderful, jars and jars of just about every sweet treat under the sun including loads of old favourites like cinder toffee. We all picked something we liked, got a “quarter” each and left the shop content. My Turkish Delight was delicious.

We had a peek in the back and watched while they made sweets too.

The stables and carriage house was packed full of gorgeous old vehicles.

We had a quick look in the Sun Inn Pub but didn’t linger….

One of my highlights in the little town was the printer’s shop. We watched the printer in action, so interesting and knowledgeable, he gave us a demonstration of the equipment he used and how it all worked. He also told us about some common phrases – ” getting the wrong end of the stick,” “to coin a phrase” and loads more which actually originated in printing. All of the old posters we had seen around Beamish advertising various events had been printed here.

Ravensworth Terrace was fascinating with houses to explore and nose around. Each one had a slightly different style and belonged to a different person. The first was the home of a music teacher, another was a dentist’s surgery and one was the home of a solicitor.

Starting to tire a little, we strolled through the gorgeous park and past the bandstand to a coffee shop. After rest and refreshment we were raring to go again and explore the rest of the shops.

The Co-Operative with its wide range of wares was amazing.

The garage was intriguing too with so many old cars, bikes and motorbikes.

We visited an old pharmacy, a photographer’s studio and our mouths watered at the delicious smells in the bakery.

Across the street we found a Masonic Hall with some intriguing objects and symbols.

Our last stop was the bank. We chatted with the teller and even got to go downstairs and look in the safe and strong room.

Every shop and house here has staff who are super friendly and bursting with knowledge. The whole experience was fascinating.

We headed for the tram again, this time direction Pockerley with its steam train and manor house, our last stop in Beamish.

34 thoughts on “Back In Time At Beamish – Part 2

  1. What a lovely read whilst sipping my breakfast coffee Joy. Beamish is definitely worth the entrance fee, there’s so much to see and do and lovely to be able to relive bygone days. Hope you are enjoying a sunny Saturday morning, have a lovely weekend before term starts.

    • It is such a fun way to experience how life used to be – we thought it was worth every penny and were so impressed you could return for 12 months as well. Back to school tomorrow – a dark cloud has settled over our house, our son is most definitely not keen!!

      • Oh dear, I’m sure he will soon get used to it and enjoy seeing his school friends again. I bet you are not so keen on getting up for the school run either! On a positive note it’s only three days this week!! M.

  2. It looks like there were lots of people on hand to explain the things you were looking at and provide demonstrations. That is always a bonus. I always love looking around in places with old shops. It is fun to see all the familiar, everyday products looking that wee bit alien and different.

    • The staff were incredible and brought the whole place to life. It really felt like you were back in time in the shops. I know what you mean exactly about those things looking different and a bit alien, I could have poked around in the co-op for hours.

  3. I would absolutely adore this site. (My kids would roll their eyes. They’ve been brought along to many “living history” museums because of Mom’s interests.)

    Mechanical equipment that still functions is my favorite thing. One site near us to which I’ve held a membership for years is Old Sturbridge Village. http://www.osv.org It re-creates a New England village of the 1830’s. There are three working mills: sawmill, gristmill, and a wool-carding mill. I can spend hours watching these in motion and trying to figure out the connections.

    Oh, my poor, bored modern children! 😀

    • Just had a look at the website – thank you so much for the link, it looks great and I would definitely enjoy it there too. Our son has been dragged around many a living history place too – this one though I have to say is up there with the best!

  4. A fantastic place, only had a half day, we were so sad we hadn’t left more time to explore. As it was we got into our B&B late that night. So many places were not opened like you encountered and with the hoof and mouth most of the manor house area was closed off for protection.

    • What a shame you had the whole foot and mouth crisis during your visit Terry, that definitely must have limited things. I remember how the whole country was so badly effected. We were lucky to have the whole day here, we needed it to see everything for sure.

  5. I love all the old shops Joy! I’ve never been to Beamish but have been inside old shops before – York has some quaint old shops and the Castle Museum “High Street” has quite a few too. The carbolic soap looks such a pretty pink colour but not sure what it would be like to use! All in all looks like you all had a fabulous day out! 🙂

    • My inlaws have just come back from a week in York Rosemary and were raving about the Castle Museum and the shops there. We’ll definitely have to go and visit sometime, I love the sound of it. Beamish shops were great too, so much to see and so intriguing to look around. Yes, that soap was a bit different to what we’re used to – a scrub with that stuff might not be too pleasant!!

    • It’s so wonderful George, we’ve long wanted to visit and finally did it, Beamish did not disappoint. The attention to detail is incredible but what makes it extra special are the people who work there, they throw themselves into their role and make history come alive.

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