Monday, 16 May 2016

Exploring Berwick // Monument to Lady Jerningham, Meg's Mount


I pass this beautiful statue pretty regularly. What with it having dogs on it, it's always appealed to me too, but I'll admit minus reading the plaques I hadn't a clue what it was all about.
I thought I'd stop to take a few photos of it one afternoon and look it's story up to mention in an exploring Berwick post.
Located just off of Meg's Mount, it isn't exactly in a prominent place though it is easy to find or even stumble upon while walking the town walls. You can enjoy some wonderful views from the area too just FYI ;)


As for the monument itself, you can see above that it is in memory of Lady Jerningham aka Annie. Annie was a much-loved philanthropist (a charitable person who uses their time and funds to make a difference to the well-being of others) from Longridge Hall, which is now better known as Longridge Towers independent boarding school.
No matter how much I've searched online for information on Lady Jerningham, I have found little more than that above. Her husband was the one who donated the statue to the town, which he was a Liberal Member of Parliment for from around 1881-1885, after her untimely death. He was also Colonial Secretary of the British Honduras in the late 1880s, Colonial Secretary and Lieutenant-Governor of Mauritius in the early 1890s, and Governor of Trinidad and Tobago from 1897-1900. Apparently his wife, Annie, fell ill while in Trinidad and Tobago and shortly after their arrival home she passed away aged only 52 in 1902.


It may not be a huge day out or much to explore but I thought it was an interesting story and pretty monument to photograph. I'm still no closer to knowing what the dogs are there for, though I assume she just had dogs and loved them...just don't quote me on that.

Is there a cool statue that you like in your town? Tell me about it!



15 comments:

  1. I think it's interesting searching about a monument, I should do that. :) I think the dogs were her pets.

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  2. I love things like this, especially when it gives you a chance to find out some more of the local history of where you live. It was nice to find out that she helped and gave so much to where she lived, but sad to hear that she died so young too. I've still yet to visit Berwick but when I do I'll have to check all of these places out! - Tasha

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    1. I'm glad I looked into it, it's nice to know! There is quite a bit you'd enjoy in Berwick, though probably further a field would be better for you, like Lindisfarne etc!

      xo

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  3. I think the dogs were her pets - she looks like she loves them. (Is it weird saying that about a statue?!) It's really interesting finding out about things like this isn't it? x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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  4. I love this monument! You make me want to get my butt out into my little town and start looking at what all the odd plaques I see here and there are about. I think when I no longer have a job, I'm going to have to take up a hobby of finding out everything to do with our little town.

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    1. I can't remember whether we passed it or not? I think that's a good idea! I'll be looking out for those posts ;)

      xo

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  5. I remember seeing this statue when we visited Berwick last summer and walked the town walls. We thought it very elegant and enjoyed discovering lots of other history around the town too.

    Stephanie Jane

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    1. Oh you've been to Berwick?! Most people have never heard of it haha. If you stay away from the center of town we do have some lovely sights.

      xo

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  6. Just came back from Berwick,I had photographed this statue and was trying to find info on it when I found this site. What a lovely statue and town. Wish I lived there

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    1. Oh how fab! Glad you had a nice time. I do love living here but the town centre isn't the best as I'm sure you will have seen haha! It is nice to walk to work with the sun rising over the river!

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  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday, I hope you enjoy your day. Just love your blog's.
    Makes me want to move to that part of the UK

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    1. Thank you very much! That's very kind.
      Which part are you from? I have to admit (not being bias) that out of everywhere I've been in the UK, Northumberland is the best county!

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    2. I live in Walton on Thames in Surrey near Hampton Court. I fell in love with Northumberland on my last visits. Went to Alnwick Castle, Spent a day in Berwick. Had some fab ice cream in kiosk me Lady J's statue. Also visited Cragside and traveled into Scotland to Abbotsford, Edinburgh and to see the horses at Kelpies. All much better than overpriced boring Surrey. Had a enjoyable day at Harry Potters Studio tour in London. Loads of photo of course

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