Surrounded by History

We are fortunate to live in an area of such rich natural beauty. From the matchless beauty  of the coastlines to the wild and atmospheric moorlands of Northumberland National Park and the dramatic Durham dales threaded by the Tees and the Wear, we inhabit a land of contrasts and infinite variety.

It is also a land where humans have left their mark; a land of history. Almost 1,900 years ago, work began on Hadrian’s Wall and good stretches of the Wall still exist today. The Middle Ages was a time of churches and castles (there are more castle sites in Northumberland than in any other English county) and, as with the Wall, many fine examples have survived for us to admire. Truly, history is all around us.

Often, in our hectic modern lives we are too busy to appreciate the history that surrounds us.


St Andrew’s – Corbridge

st-andrewsTake Corbridge, for example. This fine and pleasant village on the north bank of the Tyne has a particularly rich historical heritage. It was the site of the most northerly settlement in the Roman Empire; the present day Church of St Andrew’s is sited on the remains of an earlier church which dates to the second half of the 8th century; the bridge that we, perhaps, blithely drive over to reach the village from the south is almost 350 years old. These are just three examples from one small village; history is everywhere and history endures.

Having a new home built or extending an existing one is contributing to the history of the area. All of the old buildings we admire and cherish now were, naturally, brand new once and many have been altered and extended over the years. St Andrew’s in Corbridge, for instance, has been modified down the ages particularly between the 11th and the 13th centuries.

It has been claimed that much of the body of the church was built with stones taken from Hadrian’s Wall. When the Romans left around 410, much of the wall fell into disrepair and many of the stone blocks were reused in other buildings (Lanercost Priory in Cumbria, for example) and in road building.

If you’re considering making your own bit of history with a new home build or an extension to an existing property do give us a call on 0800 3118 321. The call is free and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your ideas with you. With a background of over forty years in the building trade we are proud to say that there are few domestic building projects we haven’t had experience of. There is one thing we can’t do, however. Unlike the builders in the Middle Ages, we can’t build your home with stones from Hadrian’s Wall.