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New focus on Morpeth’s history

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RESIDENTS can find out more about a piece of Morpeth’s history thanks to a new information board.

The facility at the Old Bakehouse Millennium Green, off Newgate Street, provides details on the development of the land and nearby properties from 1239 when Roger de Merlay laid out the new town over old farming strips.

An image and map is included, as well as a section about the common bakehouse that belonged to the barons of Morpeth. The yard is shown on several 19th-century maps, but the location of the bakehouse itself is unknown.

The green has wildlife and wildflower gardens, which are open to the public every day. It was created and developed from derelict land using Millennium Commission funding by a group of local people.

Funding for the board was provided by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, with the Millennium Green trustees also making a contribution.

Secretary of the trustees Rod Mathieson said: “This feature brings a new dimension to what is on offer in the gardens and I hope it will be interesting to the public.

“Most people haven’t heard of a burbage plot, but Morpeth is a wonderful example of a place where everything is laid out in narrow strips.

“Reading the information from Bridget Gubbins’ book about yards and alleyways in the town and seeing the old maps stimulated us to come up with plans for this board.”

Renowned historical artist Victor Ambrus allowed one of his drawings to be used for free.

 

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