Useful Links & Further Reading

Books & Publications

Bellamy, David and Quayle, Brendan, England’s Last Wilderness, Harmondsworth, Penguin Group, 1989. ISBN: 0-7181-3157-6

Dixon, Hubert, An Allendale Miscellany, Newcastle Frank Graham, 1974.  ISBN:  0-85983-041-1

Handcock, Nora I., Allendale: Twentieth Century Memories, Hexham, Millbank Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-9555194-0-6

Norderhaug, Jennifer W., Sparty Lea: An upland leadmining community, Wagtail Press, 1988. ISBN: 978-0-9538443-2-6

Philipson, Robert, Fireside Reading:  Old Allendale Town, Allendale, Robert Philipson 2006

Turnbull, Les, The History of Lead Mining in the North East of England, Newcastle, Harold Hill & Son, 1975.  ISBN: 090046331 7



Allen Valley Now and Then – Facebook Group
A public Facebook group giving past and present images of the Allen valleys.

Allen Valleys Visitor and Community website
A website for the visitor and the local community. Places to stay and eat, news and events.

Alston Moor Historical Society
This local historical society was revitalised in 2016. They are working on digitalising the Alston Archives and putting interesting local stories on the website. The society is a member of both the Northumberland Association of Local History Societies and the Cumbria Federation of Local History Societies.

Altogether Archaeology
Altogether Archaeology is an independent community archaeology group. Their main purpose is to undertake fieldwork and research about the archaeology of the upland landscapes of the North Pennines and surrounding areas.  They extend a warm welcome to everyone with an interest in discovering more about the rich archaeological heritage of this region.

Beamish Open Air Museum
A world famous open air museum telling the story of life in Northern England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s, with online photo gallery and records.

Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers project
The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches and lead carriers’ routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale.

The Frith Collection
A photographic archive that covers most areas of the UK, with some from overseas. Some have been published in photographic books, by area, which are available to buy from the website.

Northeast Film Archive
This site holds recorded film footage relating to the Northeast and Yorkshire. It includes 1978-9 footage of the Allendale New Year’s Eve Tar Barr’ls celebrations.  Details about depositing film collections with North East Film Archive are given at the end of the information page.

North Pennines Virtual Museum
The North Pennines Virtual Museum showcases a range of objects relating to its history and archaeology, from the distant depths of prehistory, through Roman and medieval times until the present day. These objects are unlikely ever to be seen together in the ‘real world’.

Teesdale Record Society
This historical socety aims to preserve records relating to Teesdale. It also publishes a journal of original articles on the area. The society holds regular meetings and runs a series of study dates.

Weardale Museum
Official website for the museum in Weardale, which covers the North Pennines. Also includes educational resources, such as this on Isaac Holden.

Woodhorn Museum
Museum, with extensive archives and online images and records.