Rothbury, Northumberland: History in Old Images

Rothbury Northumberland history in old images

Enjoy a glimpse of history about Rothbury in Northumberland, North East England, UK.


Famed for its annual traditional music festival which began in 1969, and the nearby National Trust property of Craghall, Rothbury is a pretty market town in rural Northumberland, which attracts ever larger numbers of visitors.


Old Photos of Rothbury

This is a lovely collection of old photos and images showing the people and places in Rothbury’s past.

Rothbury: clivekristen (YouTube)


Rothbury Past & Present

This video shows locations in and around Rothbury in 2014, with old photos showing how those same locations looked many decades before. Other images show key events that happened through the years, and we see some of the local business listings from a time when goods and services had to be found locally.

The original Rothbury Heritage Trail: rothburycoordinator (YouTube)


One of the last Rothbury Carnivals 1978

For many years, the Rothbury Carnival was a highlight of the Coquetdale social calendar. But by the end of the 1970s, it was disappearing.

This is a trailer for a full length DVD which you can buy from www.northern-heritage.co.uk. Lots of men, women and children appear, with buildings occasionally seen in the background.

Bygone Coquetdale – Rothbury Carnival: Northernheritage (YouTube)


Rothbury Music Festival 1984

Lots of men, women and children appear in this scenes from the 1980s.

UCFG Lost Newsreels Rothbury Music Festival 1984: The Upper Coquetdale Film Group (YouTube)


The Post Office Directory of Durham and Northumberland

by Kelly and Company

Published in 1879

The extract shown below from a book published in 1879 tells us about some of the people, places and history connected with the following settlements and areas of this part of Northumberland:

  • Rothbury
  • Bickerton
  • Caistron
  • Cartington
  • Debdon
  • Fallowlees
  • Flotterton
  • Hepple
  • Hepple Demesne
  • Hesleyhurst
  • Hollinghill
  • Lee Ward
  • Mount Healey
  • Newtown
  • Paperhaugh
  • Raw
  • Snitter
  • Thropton
  • Great Tosson
  • Ryehill
  • Little Tosson
  • High Trewitt
  • Low Trewitt
  • Warton
  • Whitton
  • Wreighill

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