Visit Ovingham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ovingham, Northumberland, and Prudhoe occupy opposite banks of the River Tyne, with a narrow iron bridge connecting them across the wide river bottom. Ovingham is known for Thomas Bewick who was born at Cherryburn House across the river in 1753. He taught himself to draw and when every inch of his books was filled, he drew on the church floor and gravestones. The only paintings he knew were the pub signs. He was apprenticed to Ralph Beilby, a Newcastle engraver, and went on to become one of the great artists of that and later days. His best works were a history of quadrupeds and British birds. He died in 1828 and a monument in the chancel here pays tribute to the local boy “whose genius restored the art of engraving on wood”. The church has a large late Anglo-Saxon west tower, dated 1050, probably originally defensive. Roman stone went into the church building; most of the present fabric is 13th century in origin. The vicarage is partly 14th century.
Prudhoe is the bigger and more industrial community. It consists mostly of long terraces of houses on the steep river bank. But on a wooded spur overlooking the Tyne is Prudhoe Castle. Prudhoe (proud hill) was built by the d’Umfravilles as an earthwork defence about 1150, with a stone curtain wall and keep added in the late 12th century. It was strengthened further in the 13th century and came into the hands of the Percys in 1381. Its substantial remains include an almost perfect 14th century barbican, a long stretch of curtain wall and a splendid gatehouse. Above the latter is a chapel with the oldest oriel window in England, it is believed. A second-story chamber has its original chimney and battlements. The castle never fell until Oliver Cromwell knocked down the tower with cannon fire.
A Georgian house was built in the inner courtyard. There is a legend that a lady walks in the corridors, but the caretaker has never seen her. There is another that Prudhoe is connected to Bywell Castle, miles away. by a secret underground passage.
Nearby cities: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nearby towns: Consett, Hexham, Prudhoe
Nearby villages: Aydon, Berwick Hill, Blaydon, Burnopfield, Corbridge, Derwent Haugh, Dipton, Ebchester, Harlow Hill, Healey, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Ingoe, Lemington, Lintz Green, Matfen, Mickley, Newburn, Newlands, Oxhill, Ponteland, Pontop, Riding Mill, Rowlands Gill, Ryal, Sandhoe, Scotswood, Shield Row, Shotley Bridge, Slaley, Stagshaw Bank, Stamfordham, Stanley, Stocksfield, Swalwell, Tanfield, Throckley, Wall Houses, West Kyo, Whickham, Whittonstall, Winlaton, Woolsington, Wylam
Have you decided to visit Ovingham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Ovingham bed and breakfast (a Ovingham B&B or Ovingham b and b)
- a Ovingham guesthouse
- a Ovingham hotel (or motel)
- a Ovingham self-catering establishment, or
- other Ovingham accommodation