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Presenter : Judith Jones

North East England

Angel of the North by David Wilson Clarke

Angel of the North by David Wilson Clarke

Incomprehensible dialects, terrible weather, a grim industrial backwater – these are phrases traditionally used to describe the Northern stretches of England. This Globe Trekker episode puts an end to the myth, as we follow traveller Judith Jones through Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Her journey starts in rural Suffolk on the Eastern board of England – the medieval town of Lavenham, with its quaint timber framed dwellings which were built on the riches acquired from a prosperous 14th century wool trade. Crooked houses are the norm and they were made famous in the nursery rhyme, “There was a Crooked Man”, which Judith whimsically recites as she indulges in a classic English cream tea.

Kings College, Cambridge

Kings College, Cambridge

Leaving Lavenham, Judith explores the mighty university city of Cambridge. A tour of King’s College is followed by a romantic punt along the River Cam, where she learns about the university’s proud history and especially, about the poet Lord Byron, who kept a bear in his student dormitories. And then, it’s a long car ride on the A1 road “up north”, to Sheffield, in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield is the steel capital and beer capital of Britain. So our Globe Trekker visits the crucible steel mill the ‘Sheffield Forgemasters’ and pops into Kelham Island to try out a selection of its champion brews, including one dedicated to former President George Bush!

Leaving Sheffield, Judith takes a short train trip to Bradford. Bradford was once a booming industrial textile town which went bust in the 20th century but a large Indian Asian population known for its culinary powers has turned it into the curry capital of Britain. Judith visits the World Curry Festival where she tries out a lethal ‘naga’ – chilly-infused aubergine curry- before continuing to eat her way through an assortment of spicy Asian dishes, which include a very sweet strawberry samosa.

York Minster Cathedral

York Minster Cathedral

From Bradford, Judith heads to York. She has a nose into the Minsterthe largest Norman cathedral in the world – and strolls through the medieval Shambles on her way to investigating the history of chocolate, as York is home to the world famous KitKat chocolate bar.

Crossing the River Tees, Judith beholds Anthony Gormley’s Angel in the North sculpture, which tells her that she is in Newcastle Upon Tyne, another fallen industrial city raised on shipyards and coal . Today Newcastle is a metropolis rejuvenated by new arts centres and an unbridled passion for the local football team.

In Newcastle, Judith enjoys a very large stottie sandwich and goes to the heart of the Geordie dialect by playing a game of ‘Call my My Hoafies’ at the Northumbrian Language Society.

She loses a bet at the Plate Day horse races and travels to rural Chillingham to meet Sir Humphry Wakefield, Baronet of Kendall and Lord of Chillingham castle. She hires a bike and rides the Northumberland coast , taking in Bambrugh Castle and Holy Island along the way.

She ends her journey on a boat to the Farne Islands – ancient sanctuary of the monk Saint Cuthbert and present one of the puffin and other sea birds. Judith joins National Trust Park Ranger Will Scott as he counts puffin eggs for his annual census. It’s a task more grubby than anyone can possibly imagine!

Farne Island Puffins

Farne Island Puffins


 Visit England 

 William Sheil’s Boats

 Northumbrian Language Society

 Chillingham Castle

 Rukin’s cafe and campsite


 Canal River Trust

 Pedal Power

 English Heritage

 Munnings Tea Room and EmporiumThe Crooked House, Lavenham,, Suffolk CO10 9RP


 Hoggs Head Inn @alnwickhogshead –

 Hotel du Vin @HDV_Newcastle –  @altweet_pet

 The Bridge Inn – @Welcome2Yorks

 The Mount Royale @MountRoyaleYork – @VisitYork

Midland Hotel @HotelMidland @Welcome2Yorks

 Morley Hayes @MorleyHayes  @vpdd

 Garden House Hotel @Visit_Lincs

 Cambridge City Hotel @CambsCityHotel @VisitCambs

 Holiday Inn Express Colchester @HIExpress @VisitEssex

 The Swan at Lavenham @SwanLavenham @Visit_Suffolk

 Jurys Inn @altweet_pet

 Durham University @ThisisDurham

 The Dales Haven – @Welcome2Yorks

 Clyde House @Welcome2Yorks

 Holiday Inn Express Sheffield @HIExpress–about/tourist-information @MarketingSheff

The Olde Barn Hotel @Visit_Lincs

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