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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kirknewton Northumberland


Kirknewton, Northumberland.

Kirknewton is a small village of only 100 people or so, 6 miles (10km) from Wooler in Northumberland and a similar distance to the Scottish borders.
The parish has one of the smallest populations in the United Kingdom but covers one of the largest geographical areas.
Parts of the St Gregory the Great church in the village date back to Norman times, and there are some remains of ancient hillforts in the area.
Nearby is the historic Yeavering Bell.    
The surrounding area is mainly dedicated to agriculture and tourism.
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Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Romans on Tyneside


The Romans on Tyneside.

These photos show Roman baths which were recently discovered near the Roman Fort of Segedunum at Wallsend.
In addition there is a statue which has been built by apprentices at the WD Close engineering company, of a Roman soldier, also at Segedunum.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Otterburn Northumberland


Otterburn, Northumberland.

Otterburn is a small village in Northumberland, 31 miles (50km) from Newcastle and 16 miles (26 km) from the Scottish border, the name simply means otter stream.
In 1388 the area was the scene of a major battle and a memorial to the battle, the Percy Cross, stands outside the village. Near to the village is an Iron Age Hillfort.  
Otterburn contains Otterburn Castle (originally called Otterburn Tower) which was built in 1830 although it may have incorporated a 13th century tower house. It is now a hotel.
St John the Evangelist's church was built between 1855 and 1857.
Otterburn is near to a large army training range.
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 Percy Cross
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St John the Evangelist's Church
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Countryside around Ottterburn
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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Rothbury Northumberland.

Rothbury, Northumberland.

Rothbury is situated on the river Coquet with a population of over 2100.
It is 26 miles, 42 km north-northwest of Newcastle.
The first mention of Rothbury is from around 1100, and it was chartered as a market town in 1291.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wooler Northumberland


Wooler, Northumberland.

Wooler is a small town on the edge of the Northumberland National Park not far from the England/Scotland border.
In 1402 at the nearby Humbleton Hill a major battle took place between English and Scottish forces which resulted in a defeat for the Scottish army and is referenced by Shakespeare in the play Henry the 1V part one, in which Northumbrian Harry Hotspur is the hero.  
Humbleton Hill is also the site of an iron age hillfort.  
The town is popular with walkers and is known as the " The Gateway to the Cheviots".
The name Wooler is thought to derive from old English meaning Wella, "well spring" and ofer, "ridge".
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
The first part of the castle was built in 1096 and the castle has been added to and modified several times over the years.
The castle is used for a variety of purposes including the making of Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and most recently one of the Transformers series as well internationally popular TV series such as Downton Abbey.
800,000 people visit the castle every year and the renowned landscape gardener Capability Brown designed adjacent parks.
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