A hot winter's day?
Well, how odd. 26th February, Winter in the UK… and a monitoring job in Morpeth where sun cream was needed. This time last year we were hand digging test pits in Ebchester during the Beast from the East. This country’s weather is just odd.
So this morning saw us undertaking a small monitoring job on behalf of the Landmark Trust at the little-known gatehouse for Morpeth Castle. Morpeth Castle was built in the 13th century for the de Merlay family, who then passed it to the Greystokes in AD 1271. The gatehouse dates to circa 1300, built by the Greystokes with more aesthetics than defence in mind.
While nothing of interest showed up in the watching brief, it was nice to see this ‘hidden’ medieval gatehouse… as well as experience a Morpeth winter’s day in a t-shirt…