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
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
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
The 1830s saw the first businessmen
setting out to preserve the remains of
Hadrian's Wall, Forts, Roman Towns, and begin
The 1830s also saw the first of the
Victorian tourists visit the area to view the
Today, over 1 million people from around
the world visit the Roman remains in the
area, with Corbridge being one of the top