Wooler and Glendale

Gateway to the Cheviot Hills

Glendale Local History Society

Glendale Local History Society Programme

40th anniversary programme 2017–18

Talks are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL. Tea/coffee & biscuits served at 7.00; talks finish by 9.00.

Membership fee for the season £8. Visitors are welcome to all talks and events (£3 per person).


13th September

Agriculture in Wooler and its environs, 1800 to the present – Dr Ian Roberts

A study of the agricultural development in the Glendale area


11th October

A golden age: Glendale in the 7th century – Max Adams, landscape archaeologist, historian and author/biographer

8th November

Local forestry activities in WW1Roger Jermy

Including a model forestry railway used for transporting timber during the shortage in WW1

Wednesday 15th November 10.30 Outing & guided tour to Scott’s Sawmills at Wooperton Station                            

13th December

Mills, milling and traditional bread making – David Harris-Jones, head miller at Heatherslaw mill, who will bring samples of bakery products


10th January

Archaeology in the North-East: details to follow – Richard Carlton

Wednesday 24th January  Local History Quiz & Social Evening

14th February

Alnwick Castle and the history of St Cloud State University – Wade Sherman

Once a base for WW2 refugees, then a teacher training college, the castle now hosts the St. Cloud State University Alnwick Castle Program.

14th March

The Alnwick – Coldstream Railway: retracing its history – Rt Revd Dr Stephen Plattern

The origins and demise of our local railway

11th April

The last of the wandering minstrels: the life & work of Robert Gray, ‘The Yetholm Poet’Graeme Watson

A forgotten character, with a distinct personality, who ended his life in Wooler workhouse.                

Followed by short AGM


Welcome to the Glendale Local History Society

Founded in 1977, the aim of the Society is to promote and encourage the study and recording of local history in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

What is the Society about?

The Society exists to bring together people with an interest in history (and the impact of history on today's life), especially that of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, although our speakers do on occasion range over a wider area.

The Society has been involved in projects such as the successful publications "Wooler at War", "Bondagers" and the recent reprint of "The Dating of the Magi Carving at Kirknewton". it has also played a major role in the restoration of the Wooler War Memorial. The Society's project on the Women's Land Army in Wooler culminated in the launch of a comprehensive set of Interpretative Panels at the Wooler Youth Hostel.

Where and when are Meetings held?

Meetings are held from September to April, normally at the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler on the second Wednesday of the month.  Please join us for tea/coffee & biscuits from 7.00, before the talk starts at 7.30.   Meetings usually finish by 9.00.

How Do I Join?

Just come along to a meeting and pay at the door. Membership fee for the season is £8. This covers all talks in the season. Trips may incur an extra charge. Visitors are welcome at £3 per talk.