Photographer's Note

I have visited Durham three times already and although I had a good luck for sunny (although extremely cold and windy) weather I struggled to take a nice photo of this square. Most of all I was there usually on the weekend when crowd passing this square is so thick that it is hard to stop and take a picture. This time it was on a working day. I took several photos with the hope either to avoid too many people or at least capture them in some nice poses. This was the only photo which had in my opinion an interesting combination of clouds and blue sky. The strange format of the frame is a result of compromise of me wanting as much sky as possible with a bit strange cut on both sides where I wanted to avoid some scaffolding.

The most popular structure in Durham is the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral. I presented two photos of that cathedral on TE already (click here to see them). This time I wanted to show something else to point out that this lovely town has more to offer than the spectacular cathedral. What you see here is the Marketplace with St Nicholas’ Church in the back and the Statue of Lord Londonderry on the horse in the centre.

St Nicholas' Church, commonly known as St Nic's, is a Church of England place of worship located on Durham marketplace. The current building dates to 1858, and was designed by Darlington architect J. Pritchett. The building was described by the Illustrated London News at the time as "the most beautiful specimen of church architecture in the north of England", but is not now regarded as of particular architectural interest. It is a Grade II listed building. This building replaced one dating from the early 12th century.

Statue of Lord Londonderry dates from 1861 but surprisingly it was moved in 2010 along the square. I did not get the reason but it caused some protests as it was obviously not cheap to move it. If you look at older photos of the statue (click here to see an old photo) you can spot that the monument was not only at other position but it was also facing other direction. If someone has photos of this square which are older than 2 years, they have now become very unique historical pictures. Google Maps I believe has a satellite photo from before the move.

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