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Exploring Northumberland History

Philip Nixon

Exploring Northumberland History was born out of a deep-seated love of the heritage, history and landscape of this very special county. Its marvellous geography, its unique political position, its special place in the history of the north and the character of its lively inhabitants have woven together to produce that unique Northumbrian charisma.

Northumberland is a huge county and was frequently described in early documents as a wasteland, and indeed, it suffered greatly as a buffer state between the continually warring kingdoms of England and Scotland – sometimes taking sides but in reality owing allegiance to neither.

Northumberland’s colourful and sometimes bloody history has been dramatically acted out against the wonderful backdrop of the high, wild, Cheviot Hills; the rolling forests, moors and farmland; and the miles and miles of wonderfully unspoilt coastline that make up this much appreciated area.

This new book is a clever blend of contemporary photographs and historical fact, coloured with old folk-stories and mystery to lead us on an exciting exploration through the history of England’s most northerly county.




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