Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Focus... on Blanchland

The latest in my series focusing on towns and villages in the constituency…

Blanchland is one of the most picturesque villages in Northumberland, set in the Derwent Valley on the County Durham border, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Blanchland gets its name from the French canons who lived and worked in Blanchland Abbey and were notable for their white habits. Today the village is predominantly built out of the stone remains of the Abbey, which dated back to the 12th century.

A beautiful spot surrounded by natural beauty, the nearby Derwent Reservoir is a fantastic place for water activities, especially sailing and fishing.

The Lord Crewe Arms is one of the oldest inns in the country, dating back to 1165. Full of history, the Jacobite Rebellion leader General Tom Foster hid behind the inn’s fireplace in 1715, while monks were said to use the inn as a hiding hole.

Blanchland really is one of the most beautiful villages in the constituency, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not visit Blanchland?!