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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.

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
June 30, 2020

Claudius Forster 1575-1623

The following two historical insights into one of Sir John Forster’s descendants have been compiled by the wonderful Bamburgh Bones volunteer researcher Carol Griffith. Carol delights […]
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 […]
October 6, 2020

October 2020 – Black History Month

October is Black History Month and this is incredibly relevant to our small Anglo-Saxon ossuary in rural north Northumberland because the ossuary holds a diverse cosmopolitan […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
June 30, 2020

Nicholas Forster – 1614

The following historical insight into one of Sir John Forster’s descendants has been compiled by the wonderful Bamburgh Bones volunteer researcher Carol Griffith. Carol delights in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
September 4, 2020

Accessing Aidan wins ‘Hidden Gem’ category at the UK 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, […]
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 […]
June 30, 2020

Well, well well 1600-1700

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

Norah Balls 1883-1980

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 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. […]