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      08.08.2000 01:53
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      A village in Northumberland

      I would say that Warkworth is the prettiest village in Northumberland and I am fortunate enough to live there. The focal point is the 12th century castle said to have been the work of Earl Henry of Northumberland, the son of David I, King of Scots (1124-53). The castle keep towers majestically above the village and can be seen for miles around. A pageant is held here every three years and in spring the castle grounds are adorned with thousands of daffodils. The imposing church of St Lawrence was also erected in the 12th century, here on 13th July 1174, the earl of Fife together with King William of Scotland put to death 300 Warkworth residents who had sought santuary in the church. The main street (Castle Street) boasts fine Georgian houses, several restaurants, one hotel and a few pubs all providing food and accommodation and the latter bar meals. Restaurants cater for all taste, The Greenhouse changes it's menu every couple of months and serves a lot of local produce, Craster kippers and Northumbrian lamb for example.. There is also an excellent range of vegetarian food. The Jackdaw is a tea room by day and a restaurant by night serving mainly traditional English food, specialising in beef and lamb and home made steak and kidney pie. There is one veggie dish of the day. Topsy Turvey's is famous for it's theme nights and although the restaurant is only small, the menu is vast and again contains a good vegetarian range. The beach is beautiful and sandy and has won numerous awards for cleanliness and water quality. It is almost 2 miles long, here you can enjoy good, safe bathing. Each year Warkworth wins various awards for its floral displays including Northumberland in Bloom seven years out of the last ten and The Best Village award in 1994. The summer is probably the best time to visit but Warkworth looks just as pretty in the spring and in the winter when the snow falls on the castle grounds making it the ideal picture for a Christmas card.

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