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Beamish Open Air Museum 29th Sept 2013
Beamish is a world famous open air museum. that tells the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. there so many things to see at Beamish which spreads over a wide area and covers all aspects of living in the past.
The Town represents a typical North Eastern market town in the years leading up to the First World War. Rowley Station, adjacent to The Town, is a typical country station as it would have been in Edwardian times.
The Colliery covers the history of North East England Mining industry and is complete with a colliery and typical pit village with people who worked and lived around it. See how pit communities were in the early 1900s. Villages grew up around the mines, houses and coal were provided free in exchange for labour. Pockerley Old Hall is situated on a hill in the centre of the Beamish valley, represents the home of a wealthy farmer in the early 1800s.
Pockerly Waggon Way is an operating railway giving a flavour of rail travel in the early 1800s as it cuts through the Georgian landscape in the valley below Pockerley Old Hall. Home Farm, once the model farm of the Beamish estate, shows a prosperous managed farm of Victorian times.
Most of the houses, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Some, such as Home Farm, Pockerley Old Hall and the drift mine, were here already. There are vintage trams and buses that operate around the site make travelling around the museum easier.