Category: Northumberland History
The Battle of Heavenfield was a fierce fight between a Northumbrian army, led by Oswald of Bernicia and a Welsh army under Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd. It was fought in 633 or 634, and resulted in a decisive Northumbrian victory. Writer and historian Jon Tait tells the story of what some belive is Northumberland’s Alamo!
Ever wonder where words like bari, deek or gadgie come from? Curious about some of the influences on the Northumbrian tongue? Did you know gypsy king Willie Faa once lived in Rothbury? Historian and writer Jon Tait sheds light on the development of Northumbrian and writes about the influence of Romany across Europe and into Northumberland.
The Northumberland battlefield site of Halidon Hill near Berwick can create an unsettling atmosphere, especially when the sky is overcast with steel grey clouds. Historian and writer Jon Tait took a trip there recently and describes the site and the chilling atmosphere in that lonely place.
Writer and history fan Jon Tait explores the connections between this year’s winter solstice and its connection with Mayan legends. He looks at Northumberland’s mysterious Cup and Ring marks and their potential meanings, and how you can best enjoy the solstice under Northumberland’s magnificent Dark Skies!