Readers may hold key to town’s past

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HERALD readers may hold the key to Morpeth’s past for a new local history book.

Author Bridget Gubbins has previously given an insight into The Curious Yards and Alleyways of Morpeth and provided information on the former cattle trade in The Drovers Are Coming to Morpeth Town.

Now she is taking a look at another piece of Morpeth’s history — the Workhouse.

Mrs Gubbins is already well into her research for her new book, which she is publishing in partnership with the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, but she urgently needs to hear from anyone who has memories of the building.

“I think lots of people in Morpeth are aware that the space where the telephone exchange is used to be a workhouse. That was as much as I knew about it so I decided to research it and see what had happened there,” she said.

“I’m going right back to the origins of the poorhouse and workhouse in Morpeth and bringing it up to the 20th Century. It closed in the 1950s.

“It is highly unlikely that there is anybody alive who was in there, but there are some older people in Morpeth who do remember it. I already have some wonderful interviews with older people, but there might be more people who have memories to share with me.”

Anyone who can help is asked to call 01670 515790 or email bridgetgubbins@btinternet.com