Stories

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.

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 […]
January 11, 2022

Lesson 1

How did we find out about the Bowl Hole burials?
March 3, 2021

St Aidan’s remarkable journey in death

Saint Aidan was well-travelled, and something of a pioneer. He journeyed from his native Ireland to Iona on the west coast of Scotland before he famously […]
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 […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 5

What was life like in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 2

What did we learn about the people buried at the Bowl Hole?
July 26, 2019

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 […]
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 […]
June 30, 2020

Ferdinando Forster 1670-1701

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 26, 2022

Bamburgh Bones Conference

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 […]
January 12, 2022

Bamburgh Ossuary Projection Highlights

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 […]
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 […]
January 12, 2022

Lesson 4

What is special about the last resting place of the Bowl Hole skeletons?
January 12, 2022

Lesson 3

Who were the people buried at the Bowl Hole?
July 15, 2019

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

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. […]
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 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, […]