Ushaw College & Lowry Footbridge, Durham/Manchester

Everytime I go on a Sunday explore with Nick we’re up at 6am. There is nothing wrong with this apart from when you’re finishing work at 2am.
Ushaw College (St. Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw) is a Roman Catholic seminary, founded at Douai as the English College, Douai in France in 1568, which moved to Ushaw Moor, four miles west of Durham in England in 1808 and became a Licensed Hall of the University of Durham in 1968. It is independent of the University but offers courses validated by the University. Both Church and lay students study at the college.

Some of the college’s buildings are no longer used, but some have been converted into a conference centre. The main college buildings are grade II listed, however the College Chapel is grade II* and the Chapel of St Michael is grade I. The College Chapel and Refectory were designed and built by Pugin. The original college buildings (1804-1808) were designed by James Taylor.

It was a bit of a bitch getting into this place but if you give it five minutes everything will become clear. After jumping back into the car we headed down to Durham city baths where we bumped into some weird characters.

God help that one chick who was with the four blokes inside, walk with your back to the wall. We headed home only stopping off for a brief stint at Steetley.


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