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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

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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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George Stephenson’s Cottage

Location

This quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining families. The furnishings reflect the year the great rail pioneer, George Stephenson, was born here (1781), when his whole family lived in the one room. The property is managed by the National Trust. Don't miss...
The Hadrian’s Wall corridor, which extends west, from South Shields on the North East Coast, following the line of Hadrian's Wall for 80 Roman miles (73 statute miles or 120 km), from Segedunum at Wallsend on the banks of the River Tyne to the shores of the Solway...
Hexham Abbey

Location

There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.
Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle

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The Church of the Holy Cross is a very fine and original example of early 13th century architecture. Its importance lies in it being of one style, built in one period, and the restoration carried out by R J Johnson in 1870 shows sympathetic judgment. The plan of the...
Lanercost Priory

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Lanercost Priory, founded in 1166 and disbanded during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. Edward I stayed at Lanercost in 1307 during one of his journeys to fight the Scots but he was too ill to continue and died shortly afterwards at Burgh by...
St Aiden’s Church, Throckrington
St Aiden’s Church in Throckrington. The building dates back from the 11th century. It is situated on an outcrop of the whinsill and silhouetted against the skyline. Pevsner describes the church as “high up and solitary except for one farm. The church has “lost” its village possibly through a...
St Cuthbert's Church, Greenhead

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St Cuthbert’s Church was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1827 to 1828 during the incumbency of the Rev N J Hollingsworth. It is thanks to his passion and enthusiasm that the chapel was built. A chapel of ease is a church building other than the main church...
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bellingham

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The church in the middle of the town dates back to 1180 and is a grade 1 listed building. Once belonging to the great parish of Simonburn, it became a separate entity in 1650. It was laid to waste during the border wars with Scotland and then neglected. In...
St George's Church, Wall

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St George's is a Victorian stone church situated on the village green in the picturesque village of Wall. It was built in 1896 saving the villagers the mile and a half walk to worship at Heavenfield. It was built on the site of a former heather thatched cottage.  Unusually...
St Giles Church, Birtley

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There was probably a wooden Saxon Church dating from the 7th century. The original stone one was erected on the present site by the Umfravilles, Lords of Prudhoe and “keepers of Redesdale”; It was consecrated in 1900. The north chancel wall and the chancel arch date from the medieval...
St Giles Church, Chollerton

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The building is Grade 1 listed and dates from c.1100. It has splendid Roman Columns on the south side and pillars on the north side. Woodwork also dates from the Jacobean period and a number of Roman Artefacts are built into the walls. A Roman Altar is housed in...
St Martin's Church, Brampton

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St Martin's Church was built in 1878 to replace an earlier one on the same site, which had been erected in 1789. Prior to that the Parish Church had been on the site of a Roman fort a mile and a half away to the north west, beside the...
St Mungo’s Church, Simonburn

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This is a beautiful church with a long history of worship by local families. There are numerous Kempe stained windows as well as the important memorials. The church has many Northumbrian characteristics with a western bellcote rather than a tower, a chancel almost as long as the four bay...
St Oswald’s Church, Heavenfield

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St Oswald’s church – Heavenfield is on the site of what is believed to be the location where King Oswald raised a large wooden cross and called his troops to pray before the battle of Heavenfield (AD 633) The significance of the battle of Heavenfield lies in the re-establishment...
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