TV road trip rolls in to Northumberland

Chris Calvert explains how guns at Bamburgh Castle were used to alert villagers to ships in distress.
Chris Calvert explains how guns at Bamburgh Castle were used to alert villagers to ships in distress.

The TV spotlight fell on north Northumberland again this afternoon, as the Antiques Road Trip rolled through.

BBC1's popular show, in which two antiques experts tour the country in search of bargains to sell at auction, started out in Amble, where Anita Manning and Philip Serrell enjoyed an ice cream on the beach before starting their separate searches.

Chris Calvert and Philip Serrell in the schoolroom at Bamburgh Castle.

Chris Calvert and Philip Serrell in the schoolroom at Bamburgh Castle.

Antia's first stop was Circa in Amble, where she met Tony Noble amid a host of antiques and vintage items.

In the shop, a three-legged wooden milking stool, priced at £23, and a 1950s cabinet and lamp, with a ticket price of £72, caught her eye. After a little friendly haggling with Tony, she snapped them up for £12 and £45.

Philip, meanwhile, was at Bamburgh Castle where administrator Chris Calvert explained how, in the 18th century, the castle provided health care, education and the country's first lifeboat station.

Thanks to the work of Dr John Sharp, of the Crewe Trust, a school, surgery and dispensary and coastguard system were all established. Chris explained how children were taught arithmetic, reading, writing, sewing and even spinning in the schoolroom, and how a system of signals using guns was employed to alert villagers to ships in distress.

Anita Manning and Tony Noble at Circa in Amble.

Anita Manning and Tony Noble at Circa in Amble.

The road trip also took the experts to Corbridge, Newcastle and into Scotland, before they ended up in Carlisle where the antiques they had bought were auctioned.

The milking stool went under the hammer for £18 and the cabinet and lamp for £75, a profit of £36 for the pair.

She made a total profit of £35.94 on the day, while Philip made £70.18.

Tomorrow they start the final leg of their week-long journey in Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, heading to a tense final auction in Crooklands in the Lake District. Any profits made at the end of the trip are donated to Children in Need.

The three-legged milking stool.

The three-legged milking stool.

Today's programme is availalbe on the BBC iPlayer.