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The Town of 1913 .

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There's Lots to See in Beamish Town.

A Relaxing Drink in Good Company.

Beamish town of 1913.

Photograph: Relaxing in the Sun Inn at Beamish 1913 style.
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Many Friend volunteers can be found, in costume, in the Town area of the Museum. Especially so on very special and busy occasions such as public holidays.

Taking advantage of their free admission many of the Friends of Beamish can be found visiting the Beamish Town area, listening to the brass band in the park or taking refreshment in the restaurant or the Sun Inn.

All Our Own Work!

There are many examples of works of restoration that have been produced by the Friends for the Museum. A visit to the Carriage House at the rear of the Sun Inn reveals a number of wagons, carts and pieces of horse equipment restored in the Friends' workshop.

The latest addition is the horse drawn Road Sweeper. You may even see it sweeping from time to time.

Even regular visitors to the Town enjoy watching horses being shoed in the courtyard in front of the Carriage House.

A Friend volunteer can often be found playing a street organ at the park gates collecting valuable donations for the Friends of Beamish. This money will go towards paying for restoration projects or the purchase of restorable items for the Museum.

Old Cars and New Projects.

The Town garage has a number of motor vehicles restored by the Friends in their workshop. You will also find the SHEW car that will one day may be restored. Problem as always is finding the money to pay for the work.

The labour comes free but the parts do not and many have to be especially made by local engineering works. Even when parts are made by the skilled volunteers in the Friends' workshop the materials can be expensive.

Members who would like to volunteer to assist by wearing costume or to work on vehicles such as those found in the Town should contact us now.


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Relaxing in the Sun Inn at Beamish 1913 style.

Scene is the interior of a Victorian style pub or inn bar where a group of three seated men on the left and a man standing at a bar counter on the right are looking at a fifth man facing them from behind the bar counter.

The top shows a horizontal band of light brown ceiling with a white lamp hanging at its centre. A wide brown coping between ceiling and both visible walls. On the left side is a light brown wall which has two very large windows each having an arched top and a horizontal bar at half height. The wall leads back into the corner at one third distance from the left.

From this corner a dark brown back wall extends the rest of the width on the right of the picture. Immediately right of the corner on the back wall are two rectangles the smaller of which is positioned above a larger. Both are white with brown borders.

Centre of the picture and next is a large mirror on a chimney breast on this wall above an open fire place with a fire showing red glowing flames. Next right of the chimney breast on the back wall are two indistinguishable small pictures with white frames hanging at half height.

Lower half of the picture on the left. Two men are sitting on a long bench seat under the windows with their backs to the windows and in front of them is a small round ornate black bar table. They are both wearing light brown working men's caps and matching brown suits of the 1913 period.

At the centre of the picture a third man is sitting at the same table with his head turned to the right. He is sitting on a chair with arm rests and is wearing a light brown cloth cap, a light brown jacket and dark grey trousers.

Lower half of the picture on the right are two men standing at a bar counter. The man just right of centre is standing facing to the right with his right hand on his right hip and his left leg raise with his foot on a rail below the counter. He wears a black suit and bowler hat typical of the 1913 period and he has grey hair, white shirt with a high collar and a black tie.

The bar counter is seen on the lower right hand corner with a diagonal line going down from left to right to separate the top from the front. On the top can be seen small glasses and miscellaneous objects difficult to make out. The front of the bar is bright orange in vertical stripes and a top narrow facing in dark orange.

Behind the bar counter stands a man wearing a black bowler hat, a white shirt and a black waistcoat with both hands resting on the bar counter in front of him. He faces towards the left looking at the other man at the bar. Bottom of the picture on the left is an empty chair with arm rests a high back and vertical rail supports. to the right the floor in light brown wooden style. TEXT

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