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Plunder Some Treasure

A rather wonderful new book – ‘Newcastle Cathedral: A Treasure Chest of Stories’ – has just been published, and it’s spilling over with golden tales.

The Siege of Newcastle took place in 1644 when Scottish invaders crossed the border. But what role did Newcastle Cathedral – or the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas as was – play in the invasion? And just what is the cathedral’s connection to Trafalgar hero Admiral Lord Collingwood. And what about the ‘Unknown Knight’ – who’s he? These questions are all answered in this fine new book (written by the former Dean of Newcastle, Geoff Miller), which is the first visitor guide to the cathedral that has been published in eighteen years. You can pick the book up from the cathedral itself and if you’ve not popped in for a while, now would be a great time to do so as they’re running all manner of informative history tours (including lantern tours). More details on these from the website, below.

Newcastle Cathedral: A Treasure Chest of Stories is £5.99 and available from the cathedral’s retail area. newcastlecathedral.org.uk