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Tag: Northumberland

September 26, 2017

A Romantic’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Tower house on Isle of Man that was home to the Romantic artist John Martin for sale for £3.95 million   Described as “the most sublime and extraordinary pictures in the world” by critic Simon Wilson and “the most popular painter of his day” by fellow artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, English Romantic painter John Martin … Continue reading “A Romantic’s Tower”

November 4, 2016

Nick Bell

by General

Born in 1983 in Alnwick, Northumberland, Nick Bell is amongst the few youngsters who genuinely deserve the accolade “entrepreneur”. A former pupil of The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, Bell sold his first company, Tennfront.com, for £1 million at the age of 16 and has been vice president of content at Snapchat since 2013. Meeting him … Continue reading “Nick Bell”

June 19, 2015

Reverend Robert Parker

by Matthew Steeples

A controversial, twice-married, former parish priest turned multi-millionaire businessman, Derbyshire born Robert Parker left the Anglican church in 1984 and set up a chain of care homes.

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

November 11, 2014

Turn The Arch

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Archers’ without the Archers won’t be ‘The Archers’   The BBC has lost its way; it’s plain and it’s as simple as that. Radio 4 is an institution and The Archers – which has been on the air since 1951 – was frankly something so essential to its very essence that what they’ve done … Continue reading “Turn The Arch”

July 21, 2014

The house that time forgot

by Matthew Steeples

House where items lay untouched for 100 years remains on the market for over a year   The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland is a “small stately home” that truly is a time warp. Rented by the Morant family for nearly 100 years, this Grade II* listed, 14 bedroomed mansion was barely touched during that period.

March 10, 2013

Keep Calm and Get Certified

by Matthew Steeples

Is it time for “Keep Calm And…” to “Sod Off And Get Lost”?   Since 2001, whatever the situation and whatever the context, three words, “Keep Calm And…”, can and often have been applied. The rediscovery of what was originally a British wartime propaganda poster in a secondhand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland set about this … Continue reading “Keep Calm and Get Certified”

Toby Flood

by Matthew Steeples

This level-headed “reluctant star” of English rugby grew up in Northumberland and describes himself as a “horse whisperer, ventriloquist, ladies swimwear model and soft play enthusiast” to his 50,000 followers on Twitter. He enjoys gardening, fishing and walking his black Labrador and eventually intends to become a lawyer. Whilst both of his grandfathers were actors, … Continue reading “Toby Flood”

March 9, 2013

Five of the best: Treehouses

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best palaces in the trees   When one thinks of treehouses, one generally imagines pretty rudimentary creations built out of old boards and bits of rope. Now, though, treehouses are becoming more and more extravagant. As individuals such as J. K. Rowling and the Duchess of Northumberland construct vast palaces in the … Continue reading “Five of the best: Treehouses”

May 25, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP

by General

She called the Conservative Party the “Nasty Party” in a speech in 2002 and now Theresa May makes for a pretty nasty Prime Minister herself. Gaffe prone May failed to appeal to the police in May 2012 when they heckled her at the Police Federation conference and was too busy hosting a party with Lady … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP”

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