Welcome to England's North East
Hello, I am David Simpson. I'm the one on the right, the other chap is the Angel of the North at Gateshead, as if you didn't know. Welcome to England's North East. It's the place to be for the history of places and people in the region.
The England's North East website is primarily a history site but it might also give you lots of ideas for places to visit. I hope to transport you on a journey through the rich and wonderful heritage of this region, exploring its eventful history, investigating its unique culture and inspiring you to learn more. So let's start by explaining how to use the site.
Above you can can see drop-down menus for the various different parts of the region and to the left are links to different themes including a timeline of the region's history from Roman times to the 20th century. If you can't find what you're looking for you can always search the site using the search box below.
This region was the northern frontier of the Roman Empire and the heartland of the powerful Kingdom of Northumbria. It was the land most deeply entrenched in the ancient border struggles with Scotland. It is a land of magnificent castles and fortified towers, of Prince Bishops and a wonderful World Heritage cathedral. It is the home to the Tyne, the Wear and the Tees, three of England's most widely-famed rivers, each with their own distinct identity, rich industrial heritage and now the focus of impressive, inspiring modern cultural developments.
The two historic counties of Northumberland and Durham are a major part of the site and you can explore the history of different towns and localities within these regions. The Northumberland section takes you to pages on Alnwick, Bamburgh, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lindisfarne or Hadrian's Wall, while the County Durham section delivers you to bonny Barnard Castle in Teesdale to Weardale and a whole section of pages featuring the beautiful cathedral City of Durham.
The former Northumberland towns of Newcastle and North Shields are covered in the Tyne and Wear section along with former Durham towns like Sunderland, Gateshead and South Shields. In the Newcastle pages there's an outline of the early roots and history of Newcastle upon Tyne and history of some of the major streets of the city.
The Tees Valley section includes the old Durham towns of Stockton, Darlington and Hartlepool. Middlesbrough and the Old Cleveland region that were historically in Yorkshire are also included here because of their strong cultural and industrial ties to the North East region.
A major part of this website is the fascinating 'Roots of the Region' section that explores the origins of the region's dialect, place-names and people. Lots of different history themes are also featured in this site with a year-by- year history of the region focusing on the Romans, the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, the Norman and Medieval period, the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian era and of course the massive industrial developments of the nineteenth century through to modern times.
If you live in the region you'll enjoy finding out more about the place in which you live, if you don't then hopefully you'll nurture a desire to come along. Go on, give it a go its well worth it. There are lots of wonderful places to see, so come along, enjoy the journey and be inspired.
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Also visit my Yorkshire website at www.yorkshire-england.co.uk
The companion site to England's North East features the whole Yorkshire region from Sheffield in the south to Northallerton in the north and includes the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Yorkshire Wolds, the Yorkshire coast, the cities of Leeds, Bradford and York and many other places at www.yorkshire-england.co.uk