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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) which, in time, would be replaced by a bridge of sorts. The Roman Army certainly used it for a military road which was part of the network north of the Great Wall. The road began in this part of the world at Rochester, crossing through Alndale to the Bridge of Aln. It was excavated on farm land at Rothill and shown to cross east of Glanton, coming down the high Powburn road and, following that part of the current A697, to Percy’s Cross along the route of the Devil’s Causeway to Hortons, Lowick and Berwick.

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New ornamental trees

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Thanks again to the hard work of Sid Smailes in looking after and improving the community garden in Powburn.

A couple of weeks ago, Sid rolled the ground to level it – particularly after having a number of mole hills in the garden.

And, just a few days ago, five new ornamental trees were planted. They are Malus ‘John Downie’ – a decorative crab apple.

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