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Heritage

This part of Northumberland is possibly best known by visitors for Hadrian's Wall but this far flung outpost of the Roman empire has many more stories to tell.

The notorious Border Reivers had their stronghold in these 'debatable lands' and mounted many raids across the Marches – the anglo/Scottish border country -between the 13th and 17th centuries. They have left their mark on the landscape in the form of reinforced Bastle houses – with Haltwhistle having more than any other English town. Their activities introduced words such as 'Blackmail', 'Bereaved', and 'Gang' into the English language. More information about the Reivers' way of life can be found in Hexham Old Gaol and Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. And you don't have to look further than the local telephone directory to discover that descendents of the Reiver families are alive and well in our area – look out for the Bells, Armstrongs, Wallaces, Johnsons, Nixons and Milburns.

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hexham was a centre of the leather trade, particularly renowned for making gloves known as Hexham Tans - now the name of a vegetarian restaurant in the town.

The Tyne Valley has many famous sons including Thomas Bewick the talented woodcarver who was born at Cherryburn near Prudhoe and not far away in Wylam is the birthplace of George Stephenson 'the Father of the Railways'.
Our rugged landscape has also been shaped by many generations of farming families who have carved out a living. Their traditions and way of life are commemorated and celebrated at the Bellingham Heritage Centre.

So by all means come and see the best of Roman history in this central section of Hadrian's Wall – but you will find there is even more to discover about lives lived in the villages and towns along the Wall over the centuries since Roman times.

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the...
The largest Iron Age hill fort in Northumberland, Yeavering Bell sits at the top o...
The birthplace of Thomas Bewick, the cottage and farmhouse of Bewick is perhaps No...
This quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining familie...
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The Hadrian’s Wall corridor, which extends west, from South Shields on the North E...
The building is Grade 1 listed and dates from c.1100. It has splendid Roman Column...
This is a beautiful church with a long history of worship by local families. There...
St Martin's Church was built in 1878 to replace an earlier one on the same site, w...
St Cuthbert’s Church was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1827 to 1828 during the incu...
St Aidan’s Church in Thockrington. The building dates back from the 11th century. ...
Lanercost Priory, founded in 1166 and disbanded during the Dissolution of the Mona...
The Church of the Holy Cross is a very fine and original example of early 13th cen...
St Oswald’s church – Heavenfield is on the site of what is believed to be the loca...
There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda ma...
There was probably a wooden Saxon Church dating from the 7th century. The original...
The church in the middle of the town dates back to 1180 and is a grade 1 listed bu...
St George's is a Victorian stone church situated on the village green in the pictu...
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