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Defensive Northumberland - Colin Alexander

Defensive Northumberland - Colin Alexander
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March 2018

Thousands of years before the Romans and the Venerable Bede,

Northumberland was a landscape of hilltop forts, many of which can be traced

today. Military order was imposed on the region by Hadrian’s legionaries, who

built the 73-mile northern frontier of the Roman Empire across the county.

Through the Dark Ages and into Medieval times, the kingdom of Northumbria

was governed from massive castles, and the constant threat of the Border

Reivers is evidenced in the masonry of fortified farmhouses, pele towers and

churches. There are 600 recognised pele towers in England, stretching as far

south as Norfolk and Cornwall; 258 of the 600 are in Northumberland.

At the end of the border warfare, the magnificent castles became either

romantic ruins or stately homes, while Britain’s east coast needed more

modern defences against new, foreign enemies.

With a fascinating array of images, Colin Alexander tells the defensive story

of England’s border county, Northumberland, from prehistory to modern times.

Product Details

ISBN: 9781445672281

Paperback 96 pages

Colin Alexander has been a railway enthusiast for more than thirty years and

volunteered on preserved Deltic locomotives. He was born in Northumberland,

and has a life-long passion for local history, sparked by his mother’s copy of

The King’s England – Northumberland. Appreciative of the county’s unique

place geographically and historically, he has explored most of its

once-inhabited hilltops and its mediaeval castles, and walked the length of its

greatest defensive monument – Hadrian’s Wall. He lives in Whitley Bay.

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