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.

June 30, 2020

Lord and Lady Crewe – a 1700s love story

The following group of historical insights have been compiled by the wonderful Bamburgh Bones volunteer researcher Carol Griffith. Carol delights in scouring archives and ancient documents […]
June 30, 2020

The Ross Family, Friars Farm

The following excerpts are from the account of the lives of George and Eleanor Ross, residents of Friars Farm Bamburgh till 1908. The account was written […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 2

What did we learn about the people buried at the Bowl Hole?
July 22, 2021

Hazelsong Theatre presents ‘King Oswald Whiteblade – The Sword and the Cross’

Performances in St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh – Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August at 5.30pm – Village procession and vignettes 1pm-2pm – The event is FREE to […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 3

Who were the people buried at the Bowl Hole?
October 6, 2021

All Hallows Eve event- private candle lit tours of the crypt

A wonderful chance to visit the crypt after hours and find out more from your guide about the origins of halloween and about our Anglo-Saxon ancestors […]
October 13, 2021

Two Talks, Two AuthorsNovember 13, 2021

Bamburgh Bones is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a special ‘Two Talks and Meet the Authors’ event at St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh on […]
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 […]
October 25, 2021

Records of St Aidan’s Church held at Woodhorn Archive

The following group of historical insights have been compiled by the wonderful Bamburgh Bones volunteer researcher Carol Griffith. Carol delights in scouring archives and ancient documents […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 4

What is special about the last resting place of the Bowl Hole skeletons?
September 9, 2019

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 […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 6

How did Christianity come to the kingdom of Northumbria?
April 12, 2021

The Afterlife Adventures of King Oswald’s Corpse

The sacrificial king  Oswald had reigned for less than a decade when he was hacked down on the Welsh marches at the Battle Maserfield in 642AD and then cut into pieces. In a final insult, his pagan […]
September 9, 2019

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 […]
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 […]
June 29, 2020

Crypt Architecture

There are many fascinating aspects to St Aidan’s church; spiritual, cultural and architectural. One unique attraction is the crypt which lies below the two easternmost bays […]
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 […]
January 12, 2022

Bamburgh Ossuary Projection Highlights

December 14, 2020

Anglo-Saxon life at Bamburgh Castle

Graeme Young, director of Bamburgh Research Project, talks about the group’s discoveries at Bamburgh Castle. All the individuals within the crypt ossuary came from the ‘Bowl […]
September 4, 2020

Accessing Aidan wins ‘Hidden Gem’ category at Heritage Awards

The Accessing Aidan project, with its newly opened crypt of St Aidan’s Church in  Bamburgh, won the ‘Hidden Gem’ category at the prestigious UK Heritage Awards, […]
June 30, 2020

The Bamburgh Forsters

The name “Forster” (sometimes spelt Forrester, Forester or Foster) is an early medieval surname and is probably an occupational name meaning ‘forest guardian’ from a person […]
December 2, 2020

Bamburgh Bones Nominated for National Award

Your votes could help this Northumberland heritage project win a prestigious National Award  The Bamburgh Bones partnership are thrilled to announce that it has been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category of […]
June 30, 2020

General Thomas Forster 1683-1738

The following group of historical insights have been compiled by the wonderful Bamburgh Bones volunteer researcher Carol Griffith. Carol delights in scouring archives and ancient documents […]
August 5, 2022

St Oswald and St Aidan Pies

Two new pie flavours have been created as part of the Bamburgh Bones project. Susan Comber – a local caterer from Belford – developed two recipes […]
November 15, 2019

Paul Duncan McGarrity presents: A Practical Guide to Attacking Castles

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 […]
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 […]
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 23, 2021

Accessing Aidan honoured in LOVE Northumberland Awards

17 Sep 2021 The Duchess of Northumberland has helped to celebrate the very best in community and voluntary environmental work across the county at a special […]
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 […]