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Acknowledgements and thanks

The Breamish Hall Heritage Project has been able to use photographs that were already in the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection or otherwise available on the Breamish Valley website to help build a history of the Breamish Hall (esp. Carr-Ellison Collection (2019); Marj Greshon personal collection (2019); Chris Robinson personal collection (2019)). However, we would like to express our gratitude to the following people who have contributed additional photographs, documents, and other significant items of interest, specifically for this project and given explicit permission for their use. In most cases, those contributing have provided many more items than have been shown on the project’s webpages: of necessity, editorial decisions have had to be made regarding the choice of which items to use.

[NB: written credits for the use of images appear towards the bottom of each webpage listed in the Breamish Hall Heritage Project Contents + Timeline.]

Many thanks to:

Robbie Burn

Robbie, along with Graham Williamson, was instrumental in setting up the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection in 2019. He has restored many of the photos in the George Blyth Photographic Collection. For the current project Robbie contributed a drawing of an astronaut for the children’s Quiz Sheet and a photo of a Victorian shilling.

John Carr-Ellison

John has been a long-time supporter of the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection, having contributed several images of Hedgeley Estate. He has also provided copies of several documents relating to the Powburn Reading Room and Powburn Village Hall.

Louise Curry

Community Initiatives Officer (Northumberland CAN) for providing several photographs plus articles from past editions of the CAN Newsletter.

Marjorie Greshon

As mentioned above, Marjorie Greshon has been a supporter of the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection since its inception in 2019, providing numerous photographs. She has additionally provided handwritten notes of her recollections of the Powburn Reading Rooms/Village Hall.

Jennifer Guthrie

Several photographs, documents, postcards, newspaper clippings and her own written recollections of the Jubilee Hall.

Hedgeley Women’s Institute

Several images from the ‘Hedgeley WI Golden Jubilee Book 1930-1980’.

Theresa McCann

Photographs of two wedding receptions held at Breamish Hall.

North Northumberland Spinners

Several photographs, handwritten notes, and a newspaper clipping.

Jo Scott

Jo Scott is a member of the charity Howick Heritage Group. In 2016, she and Avril Meakin began some work towards producing a book about traditional village halls in Northumberland. Jo met with May Wilson (Breamish Hall Heritage Project) to gather information and photographs. Jo also met with members of the North Northumberland Spinners. Jo subsequently produced a 16-page document entitled ‘Powburn – Breamish Hall’. We have drawn on this work to advance the current project (Breamish Hall 1897-2022).

Janet Shippen

Several photographs, handwritten notes, a postcard, newspaper clippings, and a letter.

Terry Stanners

A number of newspaper clippings.

Sally Tait

Several photographs, handwritten notes, postcards, newspaper clippings, a letter, a magazine article, and an invitation card.

Graham Williamson

Unless identified as otherwise, most of the photographs on the Breamish Valley website have been taken by Graham Williamson. Additional photographs were provided from his personal collection for the current project.

May Wilson (BEM)

Numerous documents, photographs, postcards, articles, and newspaper clippings collected over many years as a member of various local committees, and in a personal capacity.


A main purpose of the Breamish Hall Heritage Project is to archive and preserve photographs, documents, written articles and other historical items, to ensure that the cultural heritage of north Northumberland UK is not lost to future generations.

It is not the intention of the Breamish Hall Heritage Project to infringe anyone’s legitimate property rights. We have taken steps to try to identify the rightful owner of historical items. If you are the right holder for any image displayed as part of the Breamish Hall Heritage Project or the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection or know who is and how they can be contacted, please contact us using the Contact Form. We would be pleased to give full credit or remove the image from this website.

Can you help?

Can you tell us more about the history of the Breamish Hall in Powburn? Spotted any errors, any missing information? Or do you know anything that we don’t? Do you have any related photos or documents? If you have information to share, please use the contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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