Showing posts with label Northumbrian Towns and Villages. Show all posts
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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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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Elsdon Northumberland


Elsdon, Northumberland.

Elsdon village in Northumberland is the former capital of Redesdale.
The village contains an excellent Pele tower (a type of fortified house) as well as being the site of a Motte and Bailey castle.
Elsdon Church is said to have been a resting place for St Cuthbert, and is one of many in the region dedicated to the Northumbrian Saints' memory.

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