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Political Geography [Feb. 16th, 2014|10:01 am]
Tony Grist
A footnote to yesterday's post:

In last night's episode of Walking Through History Tony Robinson was following the St Cuthbert Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne.  He came to a stile in the middle of a featureless moor and drew our attention to a fingerpost which reads, "Welcome to Scotland" on one arm and "Welcome to England" on the other.

At which point he reminded us that in Cuthbert's day- roughly 1300 years ago- all the land from York in the South to Edinburgh in the North belonged to  "the mighty kingdom of Northumbria" and England and Scotland had yet to be invented.

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-02-16 04:53 pm (UTC)
"From the Humber to the Forth" wasn't it? St Cuthbert's body was traipsed around the north of England and Scotland for years - there are lots of St Cuthbert's Wells etc. wherever it stayed for a while. Then, finally, the monks who were carrying his coffin declared it was too heavy, went on strike, and put him down, refusing to go further, which is how he ended up in Durham.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-02-17 09:56 am (UTC)
Probably. Two big rivers; two natural boundaries.
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