This is the Percy Tenantry Column. It was paid for by the Duke's tenants as a thank-you to the Duke because he cut their rents by 25%. Apparently the cut was because they were in a depression after some war or other. During this war the Duke was in charge of the Percy Tenantry Regiment and it is said that having fought alongside them he couldn't see them suffer and so cut the rents. The next Duke soon put them back up again, of course. (When rents were increased the tenants refered to the column, built in 1816, as the Farmer's Folly).
What I don't understand is if the rents were cut because the tenants were poor, how could they afford to pay for the column? Doesn't make sense. Anyway the column and its field are now rented to the Council at a market rent. Not that there is much of a market for tenantry columns, even in Northumberland.
How do you pronounce Alnwick? and why?
Pronounce as Annick - without the "l" & "w".
To rhyme with panic. Why? Good question. Probably so we can laugh at tourists for saying Aln-wick. It's on the river Aln (a name where you do pronounce the "L"). The Aln flows into the sea at Alnmouth which we pronounce "AllenMOUTH". It's all to confuse people I think.
(Quoted from http://www.alnwick.org.uk/faq.htm). Sorry ... too lazy to write my own note today.
Photo shot in April or May 1984 with film camera. The horizontal tail of the lion is pointing towards Scotland. It was said that the lion will wag its tail when the last Scotsman returns to Scotland. Well there are no more cross border wars & skirmishes these days, so we will never get to see that.
Used blue filter (globally) to compensate for the rather colorless & cloudless sky. Had used a polarizer filter on camera but the effect had faded away with age of negative like most others.
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jlbrthnn (79773) 2007-05-21 6:43
Intresting subject, well explained by note. Well framed.
adamchewts01 (860) 2007-05-21 20:32
Thanks for sharing the 'L' Wick with us. I guess you have really master the technique how to renew an old photo. Very interesting and patience to touch up every single inch over the picture.
shevchenko (18243) 2007-05-24 23:49
Interesting story, impressive image of wildlife statues on the stone column, and another two on the field, attractive.