Corbridge

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Corbridge town is situated about 40 miles east of Carlisle, 21 miles west of Newcastle just off the A69 road.

The image below 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 we see today was built in the late 1600s.

This is one of the most scenic small towns in the north of England with three squares, many old buildings, and picturesque streets. The town is a popular base for visiting Hadrian's Wall with a good selection of Hotels.

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Corbridge Bridge image

The image below is from the Main Street, just up from the bridge at the Angel Inn, looking along the scenic Middle Street to the Market Place, a street with a number of small shops.

Next to the Angel Inn is a small scenic square with seating and a notice board showing the top attractions in the town. The inn opens early till late serving breakfast, snacks, and meals.

Angel Inn Corbridge image

The image below is of the Market Place and St Andrew's Church. The oldest parts of St Andrews are from the 1200s, and was damaged by the Scottish forces of William Wallace in 1296.

Corbridge Square image

The image below is from Hill Street looking down to the Town Hall and the Golden Lion pub/diner with Rooms down on the left.

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.

Corbridge Town Hall image

The image below is of the Corbridge Roman Town situated on the outskirts of the town. These are some of the best preserved remains along Hadrian's Wall, with a large car park and modern visitor centre.

Also in this area is Aydon Castle that is also popular for visits.

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Corbridge Roman Town image

Corbridge History

The earliest recorded history of Corbridge is from a Roman Fort here that was built at the time of Hadrian's Wall, around AD 85.

The fort was replaced by a Roman Town around AD 150, named Corstopitum.

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

The earliest parts of St Andrews Church were built by the Saxons in around 674.

Corbridge was attacked and partially destroyed by the Danes in 875.

The town was again caught up in battles in 914 and 918 between the forces of Scots, Vikings and Northumbrians.

The first bridge across the River Tyne here was built around 1235, 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.

The town was again extensively damaged by the Scottish forces led by William Wallace during the Scottish Wars of Independence in 1296.

The next disaster for the town was the Black Death in 1349, said to have killed about half the population of England. The Black Death was a bacterial infection spread by fleas and small animals such as rats.

The bridge that can be seen today was built in 1674.

The Acts of Union in 1707 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.

The 1830s saw the first businessmen setting out to preserve the remains of Hadrian's Wall, Forts, Roman Towns, and begin excavations.

The 1830s also saw the first of the Victorian tourists visit the area to view the Raman 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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