Showing posts with label Northumbrian Towns and Villages. Show all posts
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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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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ponteland Northumberland


Ponteland, Northumberland.

Ponteland is a historic village in southern Northumberland, 9 miles, 15km north of Newcastle. The name means "island in the Pont" from the name of the river which the village is built around. One of the most distinctive historic features is the Pele house which survives from a 14th century vicarage.  
There has been a thousand years of Christian worship in Ponteland centred mainly on the Church of England St Mary's the Virgin church. In the fourteenth century Ponteland Castle was destroyed by invading Scottish forces, a pub called the Blackbird stands on that site and that building incorporates parts of the original castle. 

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