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Alnmouth (Alnmouth)

Alnmouth is sited at the mouth of the River Aln. The village sits on a long hill, which slopes away from the river mouth. There was some Anglo-Saxon occupation in the area, as an Anglo-Saxon cross has been found nearby and there are written records of an important religious meeting happening there in AD 684. However, the main town was founded in the 12th century by a Norman lord William de Vescy. It acted as the port of the town of Alnwick. In the 18th century it became important as a corn exporting port. Unfortunately in 1806 the course of the river was changed by a major storm, and it declined in importance. Many buildings dating to the 18th century can still be seen in the area.

Reference number:N5718
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Event(s):EVALUATION, Allotment Gardens, Alnmouth 2012; Archaeological Services Durham University

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnmouth


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