Keys to the Past

Local Histories

Starting with R - 10 Settlements found.

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Ramshaw (County Durham)
The village of Ramshaw lies just to the south east of Edmundbyers. The earliest evidence of occupation comes from the area around Sikehead Dam. A small Mesolithic flint tool was found here. This may have been used by one of the first settlers in this area. They would have lived by hunting wild animals and gathering wild fruit and plants....


Redworth (County Durham)
The village of Redworth was first recorded in 1138. Its name comes from the Old English for 'farm enclosure where the reeds grow'. Central to the village is Redworth hall, a 17th century house which remained in the Surtees family until the 20th century when it was converted into a hotel....


Rennington (Northumberland)
Rennington parish lies in mid-Northumberland, between the coastline and the Fell Sandstone uplands....


Rochester and Byrness (Northumberland)
The parish of Rochester lies in Redesdale in west Northumberland on the border with Scotland. Much of the parish is high moorland and it lies partly in the National Park and the Otterburn military ranges. From the Romans to the modern day, the parish has had a strong military connection but it is probably best known for its Roman remains....


Rokeby (County Durham)
The parish of Rokeby stands on the southern edge of County Durham, close to the modern boundary with North Yorkshire. The nearest town is Barnard Castle, which is only around 2.5 miles. One of the main roads across the north Pennines (The modern A66) runs through the area and crosses the River Greta at Greta Bridge, the site of a possible Roman fort....


Romaldkirk (County Durham)
The village of Romaldkirk lies about 6 miles to the north-west of Barnard Castle. Until the 19th century it was the centre of a huge parish covering much of Teesdale. It included the villages of Lartington, Cotherstone, Hunderthwaite, Mickleton, Lune, Holwick and Romaldkirk. In one direction in went for over 30 miles....


Rothbury (Northumberland)
Rothbury is a small market town, approximately 10 miles south-west of Alnwick. Today, it straddles the River Coquet but before the introduction of the railway in 1870, the town occupied only the north bank of the river. The town is situated at the neck of a narrow valley, evidently selected because it offers a sheltered location. A bridge across the Coquet was first recorded in 1616 but it is almost certain that this was not the first crossing. A ford point lies a little upstream from the bridge where a footbridge now crosses the river....


Rothley with Hollinghill (Northumberland)
Hollinghill parish lies in central Northumberland with a landscape ranging from high moorland to stream valleys. Harwood Forest covers a large part of the upland areas. It has a variety of archaeological and historic sites dating from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Many lie on the side of an enigmatic hill called Simonside and part of the parish lies in the Northumberland National Park....


Rothley with Hollinghill (Northumberland)
Rothley is a small parish in mid-Northumberland. Large parts are rough upland grassland and heather moor together with part of the forestry plantations of Harwood Forest. Much of the upland parts have been improved for arable and livestock farming and the rocky outcrops have been quarried for limestone....


Rushyford (County Durham)
Windlestone and Rushyford is situated on the old Great North Road and has the attractive and much patronised Eden Arms Hotel which has served travellers over many centuries. Windlestone Parish includes the hall and the park, which were in the hands of the Eden family from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1920 the hall became the Wayfarers Benevolent Association Headquarters and has been used as a POW camp and a refuge centre, and is now a residential school used by Durham County Council. The park was most likely laid out in the late 18th century with the addition of terraced gardens in the 19th century. The park and gardens contain a number of water features, parkland, kitchen and formal gardens. The only notable structures are the Hall itself and the entrance lodge in the form of a Greek Temple. Other smaller garden walls and fountain sites exist but in a poor state....
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