Book records work of one of Morpeth’s sons

William Turner garden in Carlisle Park, Morpeth
William Turner garden in Carlisle Park, Morpeth

A new book has been published which records the work of one of Morpeth’s famous sons.

William Turner was an English divine and reformer, a physician and a natural historian. He was born in Morpeth in 1508 and an important aspect of his life was the writing of a three part, illustrated, herbal published between 1551 and 1568.

Now the Friends of William Turner Morpeth have published a new illustrated book - The Natural History of the North in England, which details the records and observations of birds, fishes and plants by William Turner (1508 to 1568) in the North of England and compares them with their distribution today.

It has been written by Marie Addyman and has been produced thanks to sponsorship from Alisoun Gardener-Medwin, Northumberland County Council and Pharma Nord.

A special invitation-only launch night is being held in July for guests to see the new book before it is released to the public.

Another book is also expected to be released later this summer:

Changing Perceptions of Nature has been edited by Ian Convery and Peter Davis, which includes Marie Addyman’s ‘The Nomination of the Visible’: William Turner’s Practice of Natural History is being published by Boydell and Brewer.