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Killingworth sightseeing

Posted On 10 Dec 2017
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There is much to see and do close to the town of Killingworth in Tyne and Wear, in the county of Northumberland so if you are visiting the area and want to do some sightseeing, then you will find plenty of options available in the area. Killingworth Village, also known as “Old Killingworth,” is situated just south of the town and retains much of its old world charm having come into existence centuries before its modern day equivalent. There are still some original structures here including one of the most distinctive, St. John the Evangelist Church, which has been the focal point of the village and its residents for years. Aside from its historical connotations, those with an interest in architecture will also appreciate aspects of its design which include bands of pink sandstone from a local quarry that were used to face its exterior. Its adjacent graveyard is full of very old tombstones and the church itself is surrounded by elm and sycamore trees which separate the cemetery area from the main building but also add to its picturesque qualities.

Durham-CathedralDurham Cathedral and it is deemed to be the most superior example of Norman Architecture, still standing in the UK today. It is located 18 miles from Killingworth and has dominated the city and its surrounding landscape for centuries, since its completion in 1133, haven taken almost 40 years to build. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts many tourists every year from all over the country and around the world. The Cup and Ring Marks is located near Rothbury in the Simonside Hills, part of the Northumberland National Park and is just over twenty miles away. This Prehistoric art form consists of curved depressions, placed no more than a few centimetres across, that are carved onto a rock surface and generally surrounded by etchings of concentric circles or occasionally with a linear channel extending leads out from the centre. This particular rock is protected as a monument of national importance under the Ancient Monument Acts 1913 – 1953, but dates back thousands of years to the early Neolithic era.

Hadrian’s Wall is located just a few miles from most of the towns in the north of England as it runs through Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria stretching from the east at Segedunum, Wallsend along the River Tyne. It extends from there across the country to the shore of the Solway Firth on the west side and continuing for a short distance down the Cumbrian coast too. This structure has been of great historical significance since Roman times and is still synonymous metaphorically today with the Scottish/English divide. For those who are interested in more modern attractions, the magnificent Angel of the North may be more to your tastes and this is situated just over 8 miles from the town of Killingworth. Standing on a hill in nearby Gateshead, this contemporary sculpture overlooks the A1 and A167 since it was erected here in 1998. Created by Anthony Gormley, the sculpture stands 66 foot high, with a width of 178 feet and can be seen from miles away, across the surrounding landscape.

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