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