IT WAS dangerous to travel in the far north of England inmedieval times. The marauding Scots had little respect for anybody,let alone officials of state who could be held to ransom. Visitingjudges were customarily protected by the sheriff and 200 men whenmoving from Newcastle to Carlisle, and it costmoney. The payment to hire the necessary guards became known as"dagger money", and it is still ritually paid today in the form ofa plaque.
The Cathedral of St Nicholas, in ...
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