Bygone days of Craster in Northumberland

Craster Northumberland history in old images

Given how few houses sit nestled against the sea in the Northumberland village of Craster, it’s surprising to discover old footage of the settlement and its activities. But then, it’s a place that has beauty, history and tradition for the visitor to admire.

1953 Craster

In this lovely 1950s short film about Northumberland’s towns and villages, Craster appears about 3 minutes in.

Then the camera moves to the manual agricultural work underway in the shadow of Dunstandburgh Castle’s ruins.

Bygone Northumberland – Any Man’s Kingdom 1953: Northernheritage (YouTube)

Craster Kippers 1982

It’s just a quick thirsty second segment, but this footage takes us to the famous Craster Kippers production back in 1982.

A long standing Robson family business, the herrings are prepared using no chemicals or artificial colouring. Then they are smoked for around 14 hours.

Kipper production – Craster Kippers – 1982: ThamesTv (YouTube)

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