Historic Village Atlas: Mapping Local History in Northumberland National Park
The Historic Village Atlas reveals how seventeen historic village settlements in Northumberland National Park have evolved over the centuries. The report might barely scratch the surface of this fascinating field, but hopefully the Historic Village Atlas can be a starting point not a conclusion to the exploration of local history!
Village settlements, traditionally recognisable as clustered assemblies of houses and farmsteads, are scarce within the National Park, where most settlements are isolated farms and hamlets. However, on the basis of their current status and what was known about their historic importance, the Northumberland National Park Authority identified seventeen historic villages for study:
|Akeld||NT 957 296||Glendale|
|Alnham||NT 996 108||Alndale|
|Alwinton||NT 923 065||Coquetdale|
|Byrness||NT 764 026||Redesdale|
|Elsdon||NY 937 934||Redesdale|
|Falstone||NY 724 875||North Tynedale|
|Great Tosson||NU 027 006||Coquetdale|
|Greenhaugh||NY 795 873||North Tynedale|
|Harbottle||NT 935 046||Coquetdale|
|Hethpool||NT 896 284||College Burn|
|High Rochester||NY 832 982||Redesdale|
|Holystone||NT 955 026||Coquetdale|
|Ingram||NU 019 164||Breamish Valley|
|Kilham||NT 884 325||Glendale|
|Kirknewton||NT 915 303||Glendale|
|Tarset||NY 788 855||North Tynedale|
|Westnewton||NT 903 303||Glendale|
We have also recently added a study of the historic village of Wingates which sits just outside the boundary of the National Park.
All of the documents that we have referred to are included in the appendices for each village. If you would like more help in looking at these documents, please contact Northumberland National Park Archaeologist, Chris Jones on +44 (0)1434 611539 who will be pleased to help you.