Category: Hexham Articles

The Hexham Riot: Massacre in the Market Place

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By , December 2, 2009 02:30

The Hexham Riot of 9th March 1761 resulted in the deaths of over 50 men and women, with dozens more wounded.

The Hexham Riot involved ordinary folk from villages and communities throughout Tynedale, who marched to Hexham on that fateful day to protest against balloting to select men for service in the County Militia. Continue reading 'The Hexham Riot: Massacre in the Market Place'»

The Legend of the Hexham Heads

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By , November 25, 2009 02:48

It was February of 1972, and at the Robson family home in Hexham an eleven-year-old boy and his younger brother were digging up weeds in their parents’ back garden when they unearthed two carved, stone heads, slightly smaller than a tennis ball and very heavy in weight. Continue reading 'The Legend of the Hexham Heads'»

The Moot Hall

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By , November 22, 2009 04:22

The Moot Hall stands in Hexham Market Place opposite the abbey. It is a four-storey gate house with a three storey block attached to it. It is built of square sandstone blocks. The window and doors suggest that it was constructed in the early 15th century. Continue reading 'The Moot Hall'»

The Old Gaol

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By , November 22, 2009 04:15

The Hexham Old Gaol is reputed to be the oldest purpose-built prison in England.

The gaol was built under the order of William Melton, the Archbishop of York, in 1330–33. It held prisoners from Hexhamshire and also, in the 16th century, from the English Middle March, before their trial in the Moothall Court Room nearby. Continue reading 'The Old Gaol'»

Hexham Abbey: A Brief History

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By , November 22, 2009 04:08

There has been a church on the site of Hexham Abbey for over 1300 years since Etheldreda, Queen of Northumbria made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674. Of Wilfrid’s Benedictine abbey, which was constructed almost entirely of material salvaged from nearby Roman ruins, the Saxon crypt and apse still remain. For a little while around that time it was the seat of a bishopric. Continue reading 'Hexham Abbey: A Brief History'»


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By , November 21, 2009 22:13

We operate Taxis in Hexham, the largest town in West Northumberland situated on the A69 main Newcastle to Carlisle road 20 miles west of Newcastle and standing on the banks of the river Tyne. It is a very ancient ecclesiastical parish in its own right. Continue reading 'Hexham'»

Hexham Races

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By , November 19, 2009 00:41

For over 100 years, the historic market town of Hexham has hosted National Hunt racing and is currently recognised as the only racecourse in Northumberland. This was not always the case, however, as race meetings were also held in the areas of Rothbury, Belford, Elsdon, Wark and Morpeth, before Hexham`s popularity and reputation, amongst other factors, rendered these courses obsolete. Continue reading 'Hexham Races'»