The Jewel of Northumberland

By: Douglas Scott

Corbridge is a small town in Northumberland, England which the river Tyne runs throw. It is the jewel in the crown of Northumberland. From here you are well placed to explore Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham

In the thirteenth century Corbridge was second only to Newcastle in its wealth.

King Ethelred met his end here in AD796. Lots of battles where fought here until 1349 when the Black Death plague wiped out most of the population

Corbridge is an historic village providing a bridge over the River Tyne which dates back to Roman times. In the thirteenth century the first mediaeval bridge was built over the Tyne river. Unfortunately it became derelict by the sixteenth century and was finally replaced in 1674 by the bridge that is there today. It is the only bridge from the source of the mouth of the Tyne to remain standing after the severe floods of 1771 Originally built for coach traffic and pack-horse, it was widened in 1881.

The village centre has a fascinating range of craft, food and gift shops together with several excellent restaurants and hotels.

The curry train is a high quality Indian restaurant in the old station house on Station Road for larger parties coming from Newcastle, they will arrange for a waiter to serve drinks and take orders on the curry train from Newcastle Central Station.

In the centre of Corbridge, Market Square, is St Andrew's Parish Church and the market cross. The first church was probably built around 674 AD by St Wilfrid's artisans and monks using stone from the ruins of Corstopitum.

The Corbridge Roman Site is the main local visitor attraction. It is five miles north of Corbridge is this well-known Roman camp the main supply depot for the armies building and guarding Hadrian's wall nearly 2000 years ago. The substantial remains of this excavated Roman settlement include the best example of military granaries in the country. The museum houses finds from the site, including the famous stone fountainhead the Lion of Corbridge, giving a fascinating insight into Roman life.

The Corbridge Lion is now on display in the Corbridge Roman site museum which is run by English Heritage. The Lion of Corbridge Hotel which closed in 2003, immediately south of the modern bridge, was named after it. It was found in a water tank in 1907 in excavations led by Leonard Woolley. At least four other stone lions have been found at Corbridge.

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