Category Archives: History

How to request a name is added to the Roll of Honour

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Provision for adding names The Breamish Valley War Memorials Project (BVWMP) acknowledges that there may be omissions in the list of names currently included in the Roll of Honour. Therefore, we have made provision for names to be added. The procedure for requesting a name is added is set out below. WHO CAN MAKE A […]

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Roll of Honour inclusion criteria

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Introduction The War Memorials Trust indicates that “…there are no definitive rules about the names and inscriptions on war memorials.” Consequently, communities have used different criteria to determine who is commemorated, and so on. The Breamish Valley War Memorial Project (BVWMP) has determined that the purpose of the Breamish Valley War Memorial and Roll of […]

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Roll of Honour published

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Breamish Valley Roll of Honour published online We are pleased to announce that the ‘Roll of Honour’ to commemorate the lives of the fallen from the Breamish Valley has now been published online. This is the result of extensive research by Robbie Burn, lead member and instigator, of the Breamish Valley War Memorial Project. The […]

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A history of Powburn

A history of Powburn

By John Taylor Hedgeley Parish lies at the extreme southern edge of the great prehistoric Glendale lake. As the land forms changed and natural drainage took place, human life began to shape the landscape as we know it. Powburn village probably owes its existence to its strategic position near a river crossing (usually a ford) […]

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Master craftsmen at Hedgeley

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An account given by Robbie Hall in 1980 My grandfather, Robert Hall was born at Brandon White House in 1813. In 1825 he was apprenticed to James Stewart (for six years) who was a shoemaker in Powburn. His indenture, which we still have in the family, is interesting in that it lays down rules for […]

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A History of the A697

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By MIKE SMITH Living here at Powburn, the A697 is a road we use all the time. So, it is interesting to take a moment to consider its history and to look at why it developed here, since the history of the road and the village are connected. As is often the case with major […]

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A History of Crawley Tower

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By MIKE SMITH (Sep 2013) [Crawley Tower is at OS Grid Reference: NU0616] The ancient name of Crawley was Caer-law, or Crawlawe, signifying the ‘fortified hill’. Appropriately, the most significant historic landmark remaining today at Crawley is Crawley Tower, a scheduled monument and a grade 2* listed building, consisting of a medieval Pele tower surrounded by fortified buildings, […]

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