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Corbridge is a small Market Town 42 miles east of Carlisle, 18 miles west of Newcastle, just off the A69 road, 1 mile southeast of Corbridge Roman Town, part of Hadrian's Wall.

Attractions in the area include the Towns many Old Style Buildings, Old St Andrew's Church at the Market Place, Riverside Walk, Dilston Castle 1 mile south, Aydon Castle 3 miles north, and the amazing 36 mile drive on the A68 to Carter Bar on the Border with Scotland, this Road can be Dangerous though with a number of Hidden Dips, is like a Roller Coaster in places.

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The image top is from Corbridge Bridge looking towards the Town centre. The original Bridge here was built in 1235 across the River Tyne. This was the main crossing between Newcastle and Carlisle at that time. The seven arched Bridge seen today was built in the late 1600s. Ther is a Path along the south side of the Bridge for Walking.

Craft Works Gallery is on the Street that runs from the Bridge up to the Town centre, for Gifts, Jewellery, and leather Hand Bags.

The Angel Inn is in the Town Centre, looking down to the Bridge, built from 1569, claimed to be the oldest Inn in Northumberland. There is outdoor seating where you can enjoy Drinks and Meals from early till late.

Next to the Angel Inn is a small scenic Square with seating and a Notice Board showing the top Attractions and Old Buildings in the Town. Notice Board Large Image.

Middle Street runs from the Angel Inn to the Market Place with a number of small Shops and the Black Bull Pub.

St Andrew's Church is next to the Market Place with the oldest parts from the 1200s, some may even be from 674. This Church was damaged by the Scottish forces of William Wallace in 1296.

Hill Street is just behind the Church with the most notable buildings being the Town Hall and the Golden Lion pub/diner with Rooms. The Town Hall was built in 1887 in the English Renaissance style. The road to the right at the Hall leads down to the Visitor Information Centre, Angel Inn and Bridge.

The bottom image is of Corbridge Roman Town on the outskirts of the Town, just under 1 mile from the centre. These are some of the best preserved remains along Hadrian's Wall, with a large car park and modern Visitor Centre.

After visiting Corbridge Buildings and the Roman Ruins in the area, you tend to notice most are built of the same type of Stone, and same size of blocks. Much of Corbridge will probably have been built with Stone taken from Hadrian's Wall and Roman Forts.

Corbridge History

AD 85 - the earliest recorded history of Corbridge is from a Roman Fort here that was built along with Hadrian's Wall.

150 - the fort was replaced by a Roman Town named Corstopitum.

383 - the Romans began leaving England, leading to the Saxons from Germany taking control of the area, along with most of England.

674 - the earliest parts of St Andrews Church were built by the Saxons.

875 - Corbridge was attacked and partially destroyed by Vikings.

914 and 918 - the Town was again caught up in battles between the Scots, Vikings and Northumbrians.

1235 - the first bridge across the River Tyne here was built, leading to the Town gaining wealth as most Travelers had to pass through the Town to cross the River. Corbridge was at that time, the second largest Town in the area after Newcastle.

1296 - the Town was again extensively damaged by Scottish forces led by William Wallace during the First War of Scottish Independence.

1349 - the Black Death killed about half the population of England, including many people in Corbridge. The Black Death was a Bacterial Infection spread by Fleas and small animals such as Rats.

1674 - the Bridge seen today was completed.

1707 - the Acts of Union saw England and Scotland join together as part of Great Britain, leading to the area becoming more peaceful with Trade and Travel between the Countries expanding. The Bridge at Corbridge lead to lucrative Coaching Trades being established such as Inns, Blacksmiths and Breweries.

1751 - 1757 - a Military Road, now the B6318, was built between Newcastle and Carlisle through most of the Towns along Hadrian's Wall. This Road was built after the Jacobite Risings in Scotland, to help prevent any more invasions of England. This is one of the Straightest Roads in England, although a bit up and down in Places, running alongside Hadrian's Wall.

You can view People walking along the Wall Path right next to the Road in places, or see them on the Wall Path up in the Hills close to the Road.

1830s - the first Businessmen set about preserving the remains of Hadrian's Wall, Forts, Roman Towns, and begin excavations.

1830s - the Tyne Valley Railway was completed, running between Newcastle and Carlisle, with Stations at most Towns along Hadrian's Wall, including Corbridge Station.

1830s - the first of the Victorian tourists visit the area to view the Roman remains.

Today - over 1 million people from around the World visit the Roman remains in the area, with Corbridge being one of the top scenic areas.

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