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Bedlington History



A discovery at Bedlington on Saturday, September 15th, 1934 gave Bedlington the right to say people lived where the town now stands as far back as the Bronze Age. A stone coffin was found while men were road marking at the then new Millfield Housing Estate. The stone cist contained the human remains of a female buried about a thousand years B.C.
The name Bedlington is of Saxon origin, as are the names of most of the places in the surrounding parishes. The names of families enter largely into the composition of local place names. It appears there was a tribe of Saxons called Baedlings, and Bedlington would mean the town were the Baedlings lived.
There is a tradition, without authentic evidence however, that a Roman Encampment stood on what was known as Heigh Rig Field, and the last stones were believed to have been carried away about 200 years ago.
A much more worthy tradition is that in the year 666, the Danish pirates Hunguar and Hubba , having landed at Newbiggin, burned the church there and ravaged Bedlington as they advanced to Morpeth.
Originally Bedlington was not one long street as it is now. The main road came in by Humford Mill and went out through Mugger’s Neuk in the direction of Windmill Farm to Morpeth.  The street of the village ran on the slope at the level of the churchyard wall to the present level in the Neuk. Quarries were worked all along where the main street now runs. At that time the Red Lion, the site of the present building, stood out in the country and was a famous hostelry. Oliver Cromwell was said to have stayed there at one time and, as was his habit, he is said to have directed his cannon against the church tower.



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