Alnwick Castle hosts launch of Guide to Northumberland after author explored the county in vintage Land Rovers

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A new guide to Northumberland is due to be unveiled at Alnwick Castle at the end of September.

Stephen Platten, the former Dean of Norwich and Bishop of Wakefield who now resides in Berwick-upon-Tweed, explored most corners of Northumberland in a series of ex-Land Rovers before writing Northumberland: A Guide . The book explores the county from coast to coast, aiming to take the reader to castles, beaches, homes, cemeteries and battle sites.

Inspired by the old Shell County Guides, the brainchild of John Betjeman, the Northumberland Editions Guide was published in 1937, 1954 and 1967. The 2022 version covers hamlets, towns and cities from West Woodburn to Wooler, Allendale to Alston, and there is even a place for Newcastle and North Tyneside.

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Author Stephen Platten said: ‘I have always been a fan of classic Shell County guidebooks as well as an avid visitor to Northumberland having visited Alnmouth Friary as a teenager, before marrying a wonderful woman from Northumberland .

“I like to think of myself as an adopted son of Northumberland. My book covers stories about the people, the places and the quirkiness and uniqueness of Northumberland and I want to encourage more people to explore the land, the people, the flora and fauna alongside its architecture and history.”



A new guide to Northumberland will be launched at Alnwick Castle at the end of this month

Richard Rutherford of Sacristy Press, the small independent publishing house in Durham which published the book, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with and publish this book, all the content of which is literally on our doorstep. Having grown up in Morpeth, I’m delighted that this new guide to Northumberland has already received so much support and I’m sure visitors will be captivated as he leads them through one of our most beautiful counties.”

The launch of Northumberland: A Guide will be held at Alnwick Castle on September 27 by the Duke of Northumberland, with the public able to attend if they wish.

For more information about the book, visit the Sacristy Press website. To reserve a place at the book launch, click here.

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