It is increasingly commonly known that County
Durham is one of the most natural beautiful
and unspoilt areas in Britain, housing a
wealth of easily accessable historic and
interesting places to visit, including:-
Durham Cathedral and Castle – a major World
Heritage Site – recently voted Britain’s
most treasured national visitor attraction.
Tanfield Railway / Derwentside’s Causey Arch
– house the world’s first railway viaduct.
Durham Dales – the scenic nature area – now
a protected sanctuary for wildlife.
Killhope, home to the fascinating North of
England Lead Mining Museum.
The Durham Light Infantry Museum, which also
plays home to the Durham Art Gallery.
Bowes Museum – the breathtaking stately home.
Beamish "Award Winning" Open Air
Museum in Chester le Street.
County Durham is also an excellent touring
base for nearby Northumberland, Newcastle,
Tyneside, the Yorkshire Dales and the English
Lake District. Residential properties within
County Durham include a whole range of cottages
flats houses apartments and all manner of
County Durham’s Roman History
In addition to the internationally renowned
Hadrian’s Wall which lays through Newcastle
to Carlisle, Derwentside is also able to
proudly boast the presence of two Roman fortifications,
laying along the historic "Dere Street"
Roman Road, nearby Medomsley:-
Lanchester Roman Fort (Longovicium) fort
is only 800 metres south-west of Lanchester
village on road B6296 to Medomsley and Ebchester.
Only a very small part has been excavated
although there are plans to develop a European
Community funded site whereby the entire
Fort is excavated. On the surface, one can
see on dry days the ancient Roman Road of
Dere Street hiding just beneath the grassland,
and a ground survey confirms the property
remains protected just under the soil.
Ebchester Roman Fort (Vindomora),), the fort’s
outline with turret and rampart can still
be viewed along the A694 and within St Ebba's
churchyard in Ebchester on the low road between
Consett and Newcastle which also houses a
Roman alter to the god Jupiter and an impressive
selection of Roman stonework. It is from
these ruined fortifications and the surrounding
Roman walls, from which many of the current
sandstone homes in Derwentside and Northumberland
(including East Farm Mews in Medomsley) can