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Hexham & Corbridge

Hexham Abbey                   
Hexham Abbey and Hexham Gaol

Founded by St Wilfrid in the 7th century, this splendidly imposing building has survived being burnt by the Vikings although it was refounded in 1113 as an Augustinian priory. In 1903 the nave was rebuilt by Temple Moore which is in contrast to the east end of the church which is early Gothic. The Abbey contains a host of fascinating relics and artifacts including one of the best-preserved examples of mediaeval art in England - a Dance of Death.

Hexham is an impressive mediaeval abbey town, full of cobbled streets with an assortment of fascinating little shops. Walking from the Market Square, through the medieval archway you will see the Hexham Gaol, the oldest gaol in England.

www.tynedaleheritage.org/Resources/GaolHist.htm
 

CORBRIDGE

Ayton Castle    Roman Villa
Ayton Castle and Roman Villa near Corbridge

       Corbridge               
Corbridge Shopping & Bridge over the Tyne at Corbridge

Corbridge is a jewel in the crown of Northumberland, it grew from the Roman town of CORSTOPITUM, a supply town for the troops on Hadrian's Wall. From the beginning Corstopitum provided much of the building stones used in the construction of many of the village buildings, including the church, Vicar's Pele and nearby castles.

Corbridge combines a range of interesting historical sites with top-of-the-range shopping facilities. The village was founded on its present site in Saxon times. Today the streets, which remain much as they did in mediaeval times, house a range of innovative and interesting shops, pubs and coffee shops. A wander along Front Street will take you down to the river bank, where you can enjoy the attractive views from the 17th century bridge - the only one on the Tyne to withstand the floods of 1771

www.thisiscorbridge.co.uk/

DILSTON

The Castle, 2008
Dilston Castle

Dilston Castle and Chapel historic site is one and a half miles south west of Corbridge on the road to Blanchland.

LANGLEY

Langley Castle
Langley Castle

Langley Castle was built in the middle of the 14th century by Sir Thomas de Lacy as a great H-shaped tower of four storeys.
It was attacked and severely damaged in 1405 by the forces of Henry VIII in the campaign against the
Percy's and Archbishop Scrope. Now restored it is now operated as an hotel.

          Langley Garden Station in Spring
Langley Garden Station

Originally a country railway station on a line running through the Langley woods, the beautiful garden here is a very unusual and unexpected one, framed by magnificent Victorian stonework and sheltered by the woodland surrounding it. People love this gentle and peaceful place.

www.thegardenstation.co.uk/garden.htm

WHITFIELD

         
Holy Trinity Church                                                                           St Johns Church

Whitfield situated in the West Allen Valley.  The village lies on the River West Allen which joins with the River East Allen a mile away to form the River Allen The village is serviced with a village shop, pub, school and two churches.

 

 

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