Durham is one of those cities where you just keep tripping over odd things. Next to my B & B was a little church. I noticed that all the tombstones had been stacked up against the wall, I suppose to make mowing the lawn easier.
Here is a newer structure in the University district.
Here is a modern depiction of an ancient story. Outside a cinema complex we see the monks trudging about on their long journey with the coffin of St. Cuthbert. This is not quite in synch with the whole Dun Cow story and the wagon that would not move, perhaps it depicts the earlier wanderings.
Castle. Indeed, collectively they make up a World Heritage site. But this is no conventional castle. Once the home of the Bishops of Durham it was donated to create a site for Durham University. Behold, the oldest and undoubtedly coolest college dorm on planet Earth!
But how cool would it be to live in a dorm with its own pub, dungeon and armory! Actually the main dining hall was fairly well equipped...there were suits of English civil war armor lining the walls and two long racks of Napoleonic era muskets. We were told that twice a week there is formal dinner with students and Masters in the Great Hall, and that elaborate drinking games were common. I wonder how often someone has reached for a musket!
A photo from the Durham University website:
Outside photos were allowed. I rather liked these crests of arms from a couple of the Bishops of Durham: