Showing posts with label Northumbrian Towns and Villages. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

St Cuthbert's Church Norham Northumberland


St Cuthbert's Church Norham, Northumberland.

Norham is where St Aidan crossed the Tweed on his way from Iona to establishing his monastery at Lindisfarne, the Holy Island in 635.
The first stone church was built at Norham in A.D 830 although the present church dates from 1165, the same time as Norham Castle.
The coffin of St Cuthbert was brought here from Lindisfarne in 875 when Danish invaders threatened the monastery, finally after being moved many times,  Cuthbert was buried at Durham and the cathedral was built in his honour there. 
In 1292 John Balliol paid homage to King Edward 1 of England here on behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland and in 1320 Robert the Bruce occupied the church while besieging Norham Castle. 
Historic St Cuthbert's has been an important place of worship for 800 years and many generations over that time have cared for this church.
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Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge Northumberland


Twizell Castle and Medieval Bridge, Northumberland.

Twizell Castle is a grade two listed building and scheduled ancient monument which stands on a bend of the river Till dating to 1415. A medieval tower house which once stood on the site was destroyed by an invading Scottish army in 1496 . King James 1V of Scotland held a parliament at "Twesil" at the site in 1513 on his way to besieging Norham Castle. From about 1770 it was intended that the castle would be reconstructed as a Gothic mansion, but this work was never completed. Much of the castle material was used in the building of a new mansion at nearby Tillmouth Park.
The property is in a poor state and is officially classed by English Heritage as being at risk.

Twizell Medieval  Bridge was built in 1511 two years before the battle of Flodden and it is believed both the English and Scottish armies would have used the bridge, the Scots on their way to Norham several days before the fight and the English on the morning of the bloody battle.
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Twizell Castle

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Twizell Bridge & the River Till.

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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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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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Otterburn Castle
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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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