Glendale Local History Society

'Keeping the Past Alive'

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On 14th October 2015 Tony Henfry gave an excellent talk about Biddlestone Chapel and the Selby family. Our speaker had been much involved in the rescue and restoration of the chapel through the support of the Historic Chapels Trust and the National Park, and with its continuing maintenance. ...
The members who took up the limited number of places available to visit to RAF Boulmer were not disappointed. RAF Boulmer started its life in 1940 as a decoy airfield for RAF Acklington, evolving through the Cold War to its current role. Although the long standing...
Neil Munro, a former City Guide for Newcastle upon Tyne, took members on their very own guided tour of old Newcastle’s streets from the comfort of Wooler’s Cheviot Centre. Neil was well equipped to negotiate the way through numerous lanes and roads with his...
Sir Edward Grey of Falloden. In the summer of 1914 Europe was like an overheated pressure cooker on the way to explosion. Empires, nations and nation states were all competing for what they regarded as their place in the sun. ...
Bob Harrison gallantly stood in, from the audience, replacing the absent speaker at January’s Glendale Local History Society’s meeting. Without aide-memoire, he introduced us to some aspects of the era of Admiral Lord Nelson and Napoleon. We learnt thatfollowing the French Revolution, the French became aggressive...
On a cold December evening, GLHS members and visitors were treated to a lively account of horseracing history by one of our own members, Charlie Brown. The talk ranged over the origins of key events in the British racing calendar, key figures who had shaped the rules of racing,...
Getting from A to B in the 1700s was a hazardous business.The roads were unmade, rutted and plagued by footpads and highwaymen. For these reasons most people stayed at home or in their own locality. Any long journeys involved a large retinue of people, horses and armed protectors. ...
World War 1 cut Britain off from its main sources of timber, 90% of which came from the countries around the Baltic Sea. With the German navy blocking access to the Baltic, and increased demand for timber for pitprops in the mining industry and the construction of railways and...
Dr Roberts emphasised that throughout history agriculture has responded positively to the challenges that social and political changes have faced it with. Between 1600 and 1800 a number of things happened in England that changed agriculture permanently. Land was enclosed and became more managed, new crop...
‘Hens that want to crow’: Suffragists & Suffragettes of the North-east 1866–1918 Women’s struggle for votes and other campaigns in the 19th century Liz O’Donnell This inspiring talk coincided with International Women’s Day and reminded us of the...
Earlier in February Derek Sharman had spoken to the Society on The fortifications of Berwick upon Tweed; on this fascinating walk, Derek told us more as we looked at the defences on the north, east and south sides of the town. The medieval street plan hasn’t...
The Fortifications of Berwick upon Tweed Derek Sharman The talk, illustrated with maps showing the different plans of the ramparts as they were built, re-designed, allowed to fall into disrepair, were re-built, strengthened and altered over the last millennia, gave a detailed insight...
Wooler Weather – Past, Present and in the Future. Allan Colman from Milfield knows about weather and in a talk illustrated with his own photographs and interspersed with his own weather poetry he told members and guests of Glendale Local History Society all about it –...
At Vindolanda in 1973, a cache of 1500 letters were discovered. They had been written on bark about 2000 years ago and had been preserved by compression in anaerobic conditions. Since Roman times there has been a need for records to be kept and documents transported. Early letters were...
The Romantic North: picturesque landscape before photography Peter Regan’s talk encompassed works 1750–1840, and he addressed the questions ‘What is Beauty? How has landscape painting developed? How has this related to Northumberland? and Was there such a thing as Landscape Painting?’ Peter, who...
Outing to the Ouseburn Valley and the Victoria Tunnel After meeting at The Biscuit Factory for a tasty lunch, we reported to the Victoria Tunnel office. Our guides gave an introduction and safety briefing before a short tour of the Ouseburn Valley, which used to...
Zoo-archaeological material in Anglo-Saxon society: products of daily life Animals bone discoveries and what they can tell us about daily life in that era. Archaeologists have always been absorbed in the analysis of pots and coins, the durable detritus of past societies which...
Freemen of Berwick Captain Jim Evans, recently retired chairman of the Guild of Freemen of Berwick-upon-Tweed, covered 1000 years of complex history. He revealed that Berwick is unique in many ways. Together with Roxborough, it became the first ‘Royal Borough’ and was once the wealthiest town...
11th November 2015: War time laws in Northumberland On Armistice Day, November 11, members were given an entertaining talk by Philip Rowett on ‘Wartime Laws in Northumberland’. The talk cast a light on some of the strange laws in operation for the civilian population during the...
2015 December Vita vinum est: life is wine: Romans and their wine ...
At the first meeting of the new season on 10th September, Alan Fendley spoke about North-East airfields – aviation history 1910–2003. His talk entertained and informed both those in the audience who had little knowledge of the subject and those who had, like Alan, served in the RAF. ...
Ross Wilkinson, a member of the Learning and Access Team of Durham University Library, spoke on this subject which is of immense importance in our area, and the large audience proved to be extremely appreciative. Mr Wilkinson, who brought a facsimile of the gospels, displayed an enthusiastic and profound...
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Farming and the Railways in Glendale 18th to 20th Centuries Hosted by the Glendale Local History Society, the Association of Northumberland Local History Societies held a day event at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler, focused on agricultural history in Glendale from the 18th Century. Dr Ian Roberts...
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Visit Report 19th April – MoD Otterburn Ranges A gloriously fine day greeted 28 GLHS members and friends for their tour of the Ministry of Defence Otterburn Ranges on Sat April 19th. It couldn't have been a more appropriate visit as we remembered that soldiers would have been training...
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Glendale Local History Society The Press Gang experience! For its last session of the season, Society members and visitors were drawn into a dark side of the build up of British naval power through song and story. Our presenters were a Singing Group, 'Old English', who provided a commentary,...
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REPORT FROM GLENDALE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY Tour of Barmoor Estate and Castle on Saturday 5 April. After a week of persistent fog thirty members of Glendale Local History Society were welcomed by sunshine when they met for a tour of Barmoor Estate and Castle on Saturday 5 April. Our...
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From Barrow to Bunker. "The Ministry of Defence Establishment controls one percent of the total land surface of the United Kingdom". This was a statistic given to members and visitors at Glendale Local History Society's latest meeting on March 12th by the speaker for the evening Philip Abramson. Philip...
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WAR MEMORIALS: a stone cross in a prominent place? Yes, but village halls, hospitals, community clinics, playing fields, plaques, fountains, gardens, seats, nurses' homes, statues, fountains, and boats or trees being named in memoriam, were just a few further examples. Those present at Glendale Local History Society meeting in...
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These days, we go to talks to hear about history, or we watch television programmes, listening attentively to a speaker or presenter. Glendale Local History Society members were not disappointed in early January. Paula Constantine, a specialist in creating clothing for living history re-anactments, did not disappoint us as...
Glendale Local History Society opened their 2013-14 season with an illustrated talk given by John Nolan of Northern Counties Archaeological Services on “The Barmoor Castle and Estate”. Barmoor has a rich and varied history with evidence of human occupation going back five thousand years. Flints from the Mesolithic era...
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The County of Northumberland is full of Public Footpaths, Byways , Bridleways, Green Roads and Lonnens that give a huge amount of pleasure to everyone from the daily dog walker to the keenest long distance trail explorer. At the latest meeting of Glendale Local History Society held on December...
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Having been born and brought up in Alnwick there must be few who know Alnwick better than he. He also contributed to the foundation of Balliffgate Museum, currently being refurbished. His presentation, a wealth of old slides revealing 'collectable' images of the town in yesteryear, was accompanied by his...
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The Society's October talk was a tour-de-force from Isabel Gordon, who provided a rich context for the disputes between England and Scotland, of which the Flodden battle was one episode. She helped us understand how, in the sixteenth century and before, our borderland was an important arena within which...
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Glendale Local History Society opened their 2013-14 season with an illustrated talk given by John Nolan of Northern Counties Archaeological Services on "The Barmoor Castle and Estate". Barmoor has a rich and varied history with evidence of human occupation going back five thousand years. Flints from the Mesolithic era...
OF BEES AND MEN. On 12th. of December members and guests of Glendale Local History Society were introduced to the world of bees by a speaker whose enthusiasm and delight in these little creatures and their world shone through. Mr. Willie Robson of Chain Bridge Honey Farm was introduced...
I have just returned from a visit to the historic town of Alnwick - a visit prompted by an excellent talk given at the January meeting of the Glendale Local History Society by retired solicitor Cliff Pettit. Cliff’s talk took us back to a time when life was very...
2016 April The ancient craft of laying a hedge You can tell what part of Britain you are in by examining the hedges. Every county has its own hedge laying signature written by an ancient craft that goes back to medieval times and beyond. ...
On Wednesday 10th February 2016, Derek Cutts, Chairman of the Medieval Antiquities Society gave a fascinating illustrated talk to the Glendale Local History Society on the Grey tomb in Chillingham church with reference to other 15th century alabaster monuments in the north of England. The...
Alistair Anderson's talk 'History of Northumbrian Music - a lecture illustrated with music' went ahead as planned at 7:30pm at the United Reformed Church in Cheviot Street on 8 December. The 52 attendees (including 23 visitors) who had been able to brave the sub-zero temperatures and snow drifts were...
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12 Padgepool Place
Wooler
Northumberland
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