Durham from the upper part of the Clay path
Engraver: Jukes & Sarjent
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the City of Durham from Claypath, a highpoint to the north east. The city centre, known as 'the Bailey' is crammed into a small peninsula of land, looped on three sides by the River Wear. In this view is the Cathedral to the right, and the castle to the left. Elevet Bridge was the oldest river crossing, first built in the 12th century, although this rebuilding is from the 14th century. Daniel Defoe, who visited in the early 18th century, commented 'a little compact neatly contriv'd city, surrounded almost with the River Wear, which with the Castle standing on an eminence, encloses the city in the middle of it; as the castle does also the cathedral, the bishop's palace, and the fine houses of the clergy, where they live in all the magnificence and spelendor imaginable'.