The Butter Mart

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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This one is for Steve and Lesley Smith. I had arranged to meet Steve and Lesley on the morning of Sunday 6th June in South Queensferry (where I live) as they passed through on the way North for a camping holiday. As it turned out, Sylvia and I were invited down to the Lake District for a weeks holiday beginning on Saturday 5th June, so reluctantly, I had to cancel our meeting. As it turned out, I found myself in Barnard Castle in Teesdale, County Durham, England (where Steve and Lesley hail from) on Sunday 6th June.

The Market Cross, built by Thomas Breaks in 1747 to replace the old tollbooth which stood at the farther end of the Market Place. It is octagonal in shape, surmounted by a bell-turret terminating in a weather-vane. Known affectionately as the ‘Butter Mart’ it is now in the middle of a roundabout. It has been used as a fire station, town hall, court house and ‘lock up’, the floor area was used for the selling of produce and dairy goods.

Round the base is a series of Boric columns forming a veranda. The veranda was the market for butter and dairy produce. Inside the heavy piers supporting the upper structure were enclosed to form a jail.

Stairs lend up to the hall where the town records were kept and administrative work performed. On the wall is a coloured armorial with the arms of the second Lord Barnard.

In the 18th century the lord of the manor gave the town a fire-engine which was used to deluge John Wesley while on a preaching visit to the town.

The upper level is now locked and used as a store room. It also still has a working fire bell last rung during the funeral of a local fireman.

The Market Cross is scheduled by English Heritage as a building of architectural and historical interest.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Related shots can be found at: England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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