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Thomas Bewick's birthplace in Stocksfield, Northumberland.

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      15.07.2012 16:28
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      Thomas Bewicks birthplace

      Cherryburn

      We have been members of The National Trust for some time and although this place is only a few miles from where we live, we had never visited before,probably because it is one of the smaller less well known sites.

      **Why is it important?**

      Thomas Bewick was a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. His prints can also be seen in museums and copies can be bought.

      **Location...**

      Cherryburn is situated 11 miles west of Newcastle and east of Hexham. As vistors get close to the place there are signs but its not the easiest place to find as it is hidden in a semi rural place and visitors have to travel through a housing estate.

      When we arrived, we were pleased to find a small off road car park with some tremendous views across fields of the Tyne Valley.

      **The Property...**

      The cottage is accessed via a small path and into a very traditional English garden with a lawn at the front where visitors were playing ball games and generally enjoying the tranquillity.

      Inside the house there are lots of exhibits inside glass cases these are all labelled with facts about the engravings and there is also a table and chair where visitors can sit and have a go at engraving.

      Outside the house, we walked round to the back where there is a small café and grassed area where we enjoyed a picnic sitting at a wooden table, and shared with the hens which are able to wander around the farmyard. On the afternoon we were there, a Northumbrian band was playing traditional music so it was all very pleasant and entertaining.

      We were able to stretch our legs afterwards with a walk around the very large paddock, which contained several alpacas- quite an unusual animal to see in this area!

      After walking around the paddock we had a look in what looked like one of the barns but had a sign above the door telling us this was Bewick's cottage. The main living rooms are roped off to the public but they were both set out as they would have been in Bewick's times, and we were able to have look in the cobbled back room which I assume was the cool room area for storing foods.

      Through the gift shop, is Bewick's print room where wood blocks can be followed on their journey and where we saw a demonstration of this craft. There was all manner of very large equipment and the task was clearly very laborious and there was a real smell of ink. Visitors also have to be careful because this was clearly a messy job and the ink gets everywhere! The man who gave the demonstration was very informative and let visitors have a go at making their own print; Little Miss was especially pleased to be able to take a print home with her.


      **Contact...**

      Address: Station Bank, Mickley, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7DD

      Telephone: 01661 843276

      **Opening hours...**

      The attraction is closed every Wednesday and is open every other day from 11am until 5pm. As with many similar places its best to check opening times as they could vary by season

      **Verdict...**

      This isn't the biggest or more well known attraction I have been to but it is certainly inetersting and there is plenty to keep visitors occupied.The whole setting is extremely pleasant and relaxed and it's the type of place which is nice to visit even for a picnic and a walk in lovely countryside.

      Well worth a visit.

      Thanks for reading

      Daniela xx

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