St. Andrew's Church, Heddon-on-the-Wall. Originally Catholic but now Anglican/Episcopalian.
This evening, I am posting information on the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland, northern England. This village as a population of about 1300 and evidence suggests a continuity of settlement here since Hadrian's Wall was built by the Romans in the 130s AD. The Romans left in the 5th century but the church (St. Andrew's) has Saxon origins dating from the 7th century and thereafter Norman (French) architecture through to the current period.
the architectural sequence tracks the development of the English
language. After the Roman withdrawal the void was filled by immigration
from Germany and Holland (Anglo-Saxons) with locals speaking a north German dialect
which progressively evolved during the latter part of the first
millennium. The Norman-French invasion of 1066 introduced about 30,000
new words, mainly of Latin origin, and hence the core of the language we
Heddon sits on a high elevation on the line of Hadrian's Wall, about nine miles west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Many of the street names have Roman influences.
Roman influenced street names
The Hadrian's Wall Path generates a steady flow of hikers traversing the line of the Wall to accommodate which there are shops,pubs and lodgings. For hikers travelling from east to west Heddon offers the first encounter with the actual masonry Wall.
Artist's impression of Hadrian's Wall at Heddon
Tangible remains of Hadrian's Wall at Heddon
View of local landscape from Heddon
Inside pub at Heddon
Three tuns pub at Heddon
Hadrian's Wall Path on approach to HeddonHere is my blog record of first day's hike along Hadrian's Wall, Newcastle to Heddon.