Keys to the Past

Local Histories

Starting with N - 13 Settlements found.

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Neasham (County Durham)
Neasham Village Hall was built in 1903 as a meeting place. Known locally as the Reading Room, the hall is now used as the village hall and is known to contain a First World War memorial triptych (ornate cupboard with hinged doors). The memorial was once attached to the exterior of the building but was moved indoors due to weather damage and is constructed of timbers from the break-up of HMS Britannia early in the 20th century. This is one of a number of memorials that were made from timbers of the Britannia - in County Durham there is another 'Britannia' triptych of very similar dimensions and style in Holy Trinity Church, Eggleston.


Netherton with Biddlestone (Northumberland)
The parish of Biddlestone lies on the southern edge of the Cheviots. It stretches from the high moorland of Puncherton Hill and Bleak Law to relative lowland south of Biddlestone. The name Biddlestone probably means the 'valley of Bidel, Bydel or Bitel.' Several streams cut the parish but the deepest valley is that of the River Alwin in the west. The upland areas, especially along the old road called Clennell Street, are rich in upstanding remains of all periods from the Bronze Age to the post-medieval period. Prehistoric and medieval field systems show the importance of agriculture in the area....


Netherton with Biddlestone (Northumberland)
Netherton parish lies in central Northumberland between the River Coquet and the Cheviot Hills. The land rises gradually throughout the parish quite gently, but almost continually, to the north-west....


Netherwitton (Northumberland)
Netherwitton parish lies in mid-Northumberland with the village of Netherwitton at the centre. Archaeologically, there is a range of features varying from the route of the Devil's Causeway Roman road to medieval villages remains....


Newbiggin (County Durham)
A First World War memorial plaque hangs in the Village Hall of Newbiggin-on-Teesdale that formerly hung in the village schoolroom which closed and is now a private residence. In 2013 a local woman won a long-fought battle for a WW2 plaque to be commissioned in commemoration of local inhabitants who fought in the later conflict - the plaque now hangs alongside the WW1 memorial.


Newbiggin-by-the-Sea (Northumberland)
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is a coastal parish in south-east Northumberland. It has a wide variety of archaeological features that take the history of the area back from the 20th century to the earliest times....


Newbrough and Fourstones (Northumberland)
Newbrough parish lies in south Northumberland, in the Tyne valley. There is a range of archaeological and historic sites from prehistoric to post-medieval times. The many Roman remains in the parish are associated with Hadrian's Wall and its predecessor, the Stanegate....


Newton Aycliffe (County Durham)
The efforts of those of the parish who served in the First World War and later conflicts are commemorated at a number of sites around the parish on various types of war memorial. Plaques can be found in many of the public buildings including St. Andrew's Church at Aycliffe. At St. Andrew's there is a plaque dedicated to the memory of both a former vicar of the church and his son who was soldier killed in the war - there are not many instances of this type of joint commemoration in the memorials of the county. In the churchyard of St. Andrew's there is a historic memorial cross dedicated to those who served in two World Wars whilst at Newton Aycliffe there was an All-Wars memorial erected in 2008 from three tall shards of Cumbrian slate, dedicated to Peace and Remembrance.


Newton-by-the-Sea (Northumberland)
Newton-by-the-Sea is a coastal parish in north Northumberland....


Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland (Northumberland)
Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland parish makes a broad sweep across mid-Northumberland. It crosses a range of landscapes and contains a range of archaeological features....


Norham (Northumberland)
Norham is the second most northerly village in England and was once the main pillar of defence of the eastern English border against the Scots. Strictly speaking, for many years it was not really part of Northumberland at all, but was an outpost of County Durham. It had two main roles in history: as an ecclesiastical centre and a military stronghold....


North Sunderland and Seahouses (Northumberland)
North Sunderland is a small parish on the north Northumberland coast, which also includes the Farne Islands....


Nunnykirk (Northumberland)
Nunnykirk lies in central Northumberland and lies between the high Fell Sandstones and the lower ground of the rivers Coquet and Font....
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