North East Life Magazine, June 2012
I’ve always enjoyed a visit to Barnard Castle: the beautiful golden stone buildings, the lovely river walks, the interesting, specialist shops.
So it was a surprise to discover the town’s industrial past, when I visited Leanne Hunter at her home in Thorngate Mill.
She told me that the Mill had once been the site of car manufacture: the Black Prince motor car was developed and built right here in the Mill.
The car, I discovered, was an economy model developed from a motorcycle engine in the 1920s. A surviving model is kept by the town’s Bowes Museum.
The Mill is part of a group of former textile mills on the banks of the river. Today, they’ve been imaginatively converted into desireable riverside apartments. Residents enjoy lovely river views and easy access to the shops, cafes, and scenery of Barnard Castle.
Read more about the history of Thorngate Mill in the June issue of North East Life Magazine, available from regional newsagents.