Visit Blanchland and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Blanchland, Northumberland, has been called one of the most perfect villages of England, and few travellers who drop from the wild moorland around it down into this wooded glen of the Derwent would dispute the label. A medieval gatehouse bars the Hexham road and a l9th century stone bridge carries the road out on the opposite side of the village. Charming houses of warm stone surround the L-shaped centre, probably once the outer yard of the old monastery. The Lord Crewe Arms includes parts of what was the abbey guest-house and the later residence of the Forster family. Blanchland, named for the Premonstratensian white canons, dates to the founding of the monastery by Walter de Bolbec in 1165. After the Dissolution, Blanchland fell into decline. The estate was owned first by the Radcliffes and then bought in 1623 by the Forsters of Bamburgh. It probably was used as a hunting box. A Dorothy Forster in 1699 married Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham, who bought the debt-ridden estate here in 1704. Lady Crewe's niece, the second Dorothy Forster, helped her brother, Thomas, escape from New-gate after he was taken in the Jacobite rising of 1715. She became the heroine of Sir Walter Besant's novel, Dorothy Forster, and many of the scenes were laid here and in Bamburgh.
When Lord Crewe died, he left his estates to trustees with the income to go to Oxford and various schools and almshouses. The Crewe trustees are still in charge. It was they who in the mid- 18th century used the abbey ruins to rebuild the houses and create the model village seen today. Most of the inhabitants in those days worked in the nearby lead mines. The trustees also rebuilt the abbey church chancel of the 13th century as a parish church. This was restored later, in the 19th century Three medieval coffin lids in the transept floor are interesting. Two are of abbots and are marked by a pastoral staff and a host and chalice, and the third is of an abbey huntsman, Robert de Eglyston, who was buried under a slab carved with a horn, sword and arrow.
Nearby towns: Consett, Haydon Bridge, Hexham
Nearby villages: Allendale Town, Allenheads, Aydon, Burtree Ford, Castleside, Catton, Coalcleugh, Corbridge, Eastgate, Ebchester, Edmundbyers, Elrington, Frosterley, Healey, Hunstanworth, Ireshopeburn, Knitsley, Leadgate, Mickley, Moorside, Muggleswick, Newlands, Ovingham, Prudhoe, Riding Mill, Rookhope, Sandhoe, Satley, Shotley Bridge, Slaley, St. Johns Chapel, Stanhope, Stocksfield, Studdon, Tow Law, Waskerley, Wear Head, Westgate, Whittonstall, Wolsingham, Wylam
Have you decided to visit Blanchland or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Blanchland bed and breakfast (a Blanchland B&B or Blanchland b and b)
- a Blanchland guesthouse
- a Blanchland hotel (or motel)
- a Blanchland self-catering establishment, or
- other Blanchland accommodation