Today we visited Beamish a living history museum just north of Durham. The museum stands in 300 acres of land. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings in the museum are original which have been bought to Beamish and rebuilt. Some were already on the site.
After getting our tickets we walked through the introduction to the museum hall. It was very dark and Daisy did not like it very much and virtually crawled through the hall. It made us think that sometime in her past she had been locked in a dark room? Once she was outside she was fine and raring to go.
Our first stop was the Pit Village. This depicted life in a mining community in the early 1900s with the pit cottages, school and church along with a pit head. It was hard to think that in one of the small pit cottages a couple with their eleven or twelve children would live in very cramped conditions.
We then walked to Home Farm where Daisy was introduced to a range of farm animals. She was unimpressed.
As we explored the Railway Station we met a couple who remembered the station in its original location at Rowley It was built in 1867 moved to Beamish in 1976.
We sat and had lunch in the town park before exploring the Edwardian town. The town depicted a typical North Eastern market town in the years leading to the First World War. It was fascinating to explore the various shops, houses, bank and Masonic lodge.
Our final stop was Pockerley Old Hall an original building to the site and set up to represent the home of a wealthy farmer in the early 1800s. From the terrace of the house we watched the Pockerley Waggonway which gives a flavour of early rail travel.
To complete our visit to Beamish and to see how Daisy would react we took one of the trams around the site. She thought it was great particularly all the attention she got from other passengers.