Barnard Castle, or Barney as locals call it, is a very picturesque market town. This is where I grew up, and I love coming back here. I still know a few people here, and when you go out you get that real small-town feel, as everybody seems to know everyone else.
I drove through this morning and turned up at friends Jackie and Trev’s house, and was surprised to find other friends Debbie and Gareth and their kids there too. I had planned to catch up with Debbie and Gareth later in the day, as they are moving to Australia soon, and I wanted to wish them well.
We went out for lunch, and it was great to catch up with people that I haven’t seen for a couple of years.
I took a few photos around town, and could have taken many more, there are so many nice parts in and around town. It is such a nice place, and I felt such a sense of nostalgia, as it hasn’t changed all that much since I was a child.
Below are pictures of the town centre, the historic Butter Market, the 12th Century castle, Bowes Museum, and my old school. The town gets it’s name from the castle, built by Bernard Baliol in the 12th Century, hence Bernard’s Castle.