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Bamburgh Tales

 

From fabled ancient wells, firework celebrations that went wrong to a dashing hero of World War One, these vivid takes uncover the colourful history of this beautiful coastal village.

November 15, 2019
Capt. Joe Baker Cresswell July 1943, image courtesy IWM

Captain Baker-Cresswell influences course of World War II

Captain Joe Baker-Cresswell DSO (2 February 1901 – 4 March 1997) was a Royal Navy officer, aide-de-camp to King George VI and High Sheriff of Northumberland. […]
November 4, 2019

Languages in Anglo-Saxon Bamburgh

What language did people speak in Bamburgh at the time of Aidan and Oswald? There is not a great deal written about the people of Bamburgh […]
September 9, 2019

The Three Queens of Bamburgh

Three Queens linked to Bamburgh Castle The earliest Queen was perhaps the most important because her name lives on through the centuries and gives the village […]
September 9, 2019

Skulldugerous Knight Sir John Forster

John Forster was a local boy made good, at the height of the Tudor dynasty. The Forsters had been a landed family in North Northumberland since […]
July 18, 2019

2019 Bamburgh Festival incorporating Village Show & Fair

It is the main village event of the year, bringing together the Bamburgh Show and Bamburgh Fair. It includes all the activities enjoyed by many at […]
November 6, 2019

Pre-historic Bamburgh

The earliest human activity in the Bamburgh area dates from the Mesolithic period (8,000 BC to 4,000 BC) that followed the end of the last ice […]
July 15, 2019
Wooden siege tower replica

Insults fly in vicious fight over Bamburgh Castle in 1095

It is just after the Conquest. The Norman King, William has vanquished the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms. The King, then his son and successor William Rufus rampage […]
November 15, 2019
Comedian Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity in a helmet

Paul Duncan McGarrity presents: A Practical Guide to Attacking CastlesNovember 16, 2019

Come along to the Pavilion for a celebration of the upcoming opening of Bamburgh Ossuary From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about […]
September 9, 2019
Drawing of 15th or 16th century cannon firing on fortification

War of the Roses reaches Bamburgh

The best Bamburgh Story of all! Wars of the Roses, the Castle falls. It is 1464. Edward of York has been battling the crowned King Henry […]
July 26, 2019
Frozen winter corn field

Famine hits Bamburgh in 1783

It is exactly 235 years after a biting winter in February 1783. Today February 2018 snow is threatening, it is -1degrees. I am warm inside, not […]
November 15, 2019

The Blessing of the newly opened Crypt

The Accessing Aidan Project Team and the Parochial Church Council of St. Aidan’s are holding a gathering for the blessing of the newly opened Crypt of […]
September 9, 2019
Bamburgh Village Green

The Grove – does Bamburgh’s green hide a secret?

The Grove; Bamburgh’s idyllic Village Green. Or is it? Today, thousands of visitors each year admire, walk through, and sit in The Grove, the wooded green […]
September 3, 2019

Open Day at the Crypt celebrating Feast of St Aidan

The open days will be a chance to visit the beautiful 12th Century crypt below the chancel of St Aidan’s church before the new interpretation and […]