Few cities radiate the sense of timeless power that comes from first glimpsing the
commanding prospect of Durham’s Castle and Cathedral.
Here is a city whose historic
core has changed little over the past centuries, a city overlain with details from its
With a photographer’s acute eye for the unusual Philip Nixon here seeks out
hidden and fascinating parts of the city of Durham. Over fifty different ‘secret’ sites are
beautifully portrayed through the author’s award-winning photo-graphs accompanied
by intriguing tales of each location; from little-known corners of Durham’s magnificent
Cathedral and Castle, to the mysterious story of St Cuthbert’s Mist, and the tragic legend
of Drummer Boy’s Hole.
Over 150 photographs are included while Sophy Nixon’s
illustrations add a delightful touch to each tale.
Millions visit Durham annually, drawn not only by its historic attractions but, due to
the city’s small compass, by the relative ease in which many of its finest features can be
explored on foot. Secret Durham has been compiled not only as a source of information
and a guide, but also as a tick list of must-see places.
Most of the fifty sites included are
accessible in a day and many are interlinked through their stories. This celebration of
Durham’s lesser-known pearls will prove captivating both to visitors and residents alike.
Philip Nixon is a multi-award-winning professional photo-grapher of vast experience
who has had been commissioned by companies and organisations all over England. His
work has been published worldwide in countless magazines, newspapers, calendars,
brochures and books. He runs popular weekly photography classes in Durham on two
evenings a week along with regular photographic workshops. His many professional
awards include those for wedding, portrait, pictorial, and press and PR photography, and
for his multi-media presentations. In his free time Philip is a Senior Steward in Durham Cathedral and
his enthusiasm for photography sees him leading many photographic guided walks in Durham City and
around the county. This is his 15th book. More of his work can be found at www.philipnixon.com.
Sophy Noxon is an artist and illustrator who lives in Durham city with her Boston Terrier
Claude. She enjoys long woodland walks with Claude, looking at birds, while Claude
watches squirrels. She also enjoys drawing and painting. See more of her work at:
sophynixon.com and sophynixon.tumblr.com.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 290 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2016.