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Northumberland - Main Page


Historic County of England


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This is the Umbrella Project Page for Northumberland, England.



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  • Administrative centre Morpeth
  • County Flower - Bloody cranes-bill
  • County Bird - Elder Duck
  • People from Northumberland are called - Geordies
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Northumberland has traditions not found elsewhere in England, reflecting a mix of indigenous, Celtic, Norse and Anglian influences. These include the rapper sword dance, the Clog dance and the Northumbrian smallpipes (a type of bagpipe). Northumberland also has its own tartan, often referred to in Scotland as the Shepherd’s Tartan. Traditional Northumberland music sounds similar to Scottish music, reflecting the strong historical links between Northumberland and Scotland.

  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Angel of the North
  • Hadrian's Wall

Northumberland (abbreviated Northumb or Northd.) is the northernmost ceremonial county of historic origin in the North east of England.

The physical geography of Northumberland is diverse. It is low and flat near the North Sea coast and increasingly mountainous toward the northwest. The Cheviot Hills, in the northwest of the county, consist mainly of resistant Devonian granite and andesite lava. A second area of igneous rock underlies Whin Sill (on which Hadrian's Wall runs), an intrusion of carboniferous Dolerite. Both ridges support a rather bare moorland landscape. Either side of Whin Sill the county lies on carboniferous limestone, giving some areas of karst landscape. Lying off the coast of Northumberland are the Farne Islands, another Dolerite outcrop, famous for their bird life.

There are coal fields in the southeast corner of the county, extending along the coastal region north of the river Tyne. The term sea coal likely originated from chunks of coal, found washed up on beaches, that wave action had broken from coastal outcroppings.

Being in the far north of England and having many areas of high land, Northumberland is one of the coldest areas of the country. However, the county lies on the east coast, and has relatively low rainfall, between 466 and 1060 mm annually, mostly falling in the west on the high land.

Approximately a quarter of the county is protected as the Northumberland National Park, an area of outstanding landscape that has largely been protected from development and agriculture. The park stretches south from the Scottish border and includes Hadrian's Wall. Most of the park is over 800 feet (240 metres) above sea level.

The Districts of Northumberland


  1. Blyth Valley
  2. Wansbeck
  3. Castle Morpeth
  4. Tynedale
  5. Alnwick
  6. Berwick-upon-Tweed

The main towns of Northumberland

  • Alnwick,
  • Amble,
  • Ashington
  • Bamburgh,
  • Bedlington,
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed,
  • Blyth
  • Cramlington
  • Haltwhistle,
  • Hexham
  • Morpeth
  • Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
  • Prudhoe
  • Rothbury
  • Seahouses
  • Wooler

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Parish Map


from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

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