In 1715, James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, raised the standard for James Francis Edward Stuart in Hexham Market place. The rising, however, was unsuccessful, and Derwentwater was captured and beheaded after the Battle of Preston.

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Retired structural engineer Martin Farrer helped build the North East - now he is capturing it in photographs

Hexham Abbey lies at the heart of our community, serving the people of Hexham through our Christian mission and our new facilities created by the restoration of our former monastery buildings.

There are plenty of fun Halloween events for all ages to get involved in throughout the October half term and on October 31

Mayor of Hexham, Coun. Trevor Cessford, at the former bunker site in Hexham. Photo: Paul Norris

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The Hexham Courant is the local newspaper, serving Hexham and Tynedale since 1864. It was first launched by J. Catherall & Co., and at that time espoused the Liberal cause. It later absorbed the Conservative-supporting Hexham Herald. In 1977, CN Group had taken over the business and has since continued to grow.

Hexham has a notably picturesque racecourse at Yarridge Heights in the hills above the town, with National Hunt (steeplechase) races throughout the year.[11]

Family and friends of sufferer take on Great North Run as part of a huge fundraising effort to boost the fight against terrible disease

Like many towns in the Anglo-Scottish border area and adjacent regions, Hexham suffered from the border wars between the kingdoms of Scotland and England, including attacks from William Wallace who burnt the town in 1297. In 1312, Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, demanded and received £2000 from the town and monastery in order for them to be spared a similar fate. In 1346 the monastery was sacked in a later invasion led by King David II of Scotland.

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Hexham's architectural landscape is dominated by Hexham Abbey. The current church largely dates from c. 1170–1250, in the Early English Gothic style of architecture. The choir, north and south transepts and the cloisters, where canons studied and meditated, date from this period. The east end was rebuilt in 1860.

Join us for a great afternoon of National Hunt racing on YoungsRPS Day. Why not book our dining & racing 'Pavilion Package' with grande buffet & superb racecourse view. More details.

With the festive season fast approaching you don't want miss a single "it's behind you" this Christmas so make sure you get your panto tickets quick

Situated 600 feet above Hexham the steeplechase course hosts 15 race meetings a year.

Hexham Racecourse takes full advantage of a natural amphitheatre of sloping grass below the stands to provide superb viewing of racing as well as the magnificent surrounding countryside.

Sponsoring a race is an exciting & cost effective way to promote a product, advertise a company or to celebrate special occasions & it's not expensive. More details.

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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Manuscript D: Cotton Tiberius B IV) records the murder of King Ælfwald by Sicga at Scythlecester (which may be modern Chesters) on 23 September 788:

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Hexham is well positioned 20 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne and 30 miles east of Carlisle with good road, bus and rail connections. Whether you visit for the day, use it as a base to explore Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland there really is something here for everyone!

David, from Hexham, wants to carry on dog grooming in memory of his mentor who died last year - he has the qualifications, have you got the job?

We have many very active groups here at the Abbey, and you are more than welcome to attend any one or more of them and find out which suits you best. You may be surprised how much we have to offer!

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hexham was a centre of the leather trade, particularly renowned for making gloves known as Hexham Tans — now the name of a vegetarian restaurant in the town.

Smaller towns and villages around Hexham include Corbridge, Riding Mill, Stocksfield and Wylam to the east, Acomb and Bellingham to the north, Allendale to the south and Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill and Haltwhistle to the west. Newcastle upon Tyne is about 25 miles (40 km) to the east.

Hexham on Film, presented by the North East Film Archive, will be screened next week at a special event

Hexham is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham. Guy Opperman has been the member of parliament for Hexham since May 2010. The town is part of Northumberland County Council and contains 3 wards: Hexham East, Hexham Central with Acomb and Hexham West. The councillors are Cath Homer, Terry Robson and Colin Cessford respectively.

Hexham Abbey originated as a monastery founded by Wilfrid in 674. The crypt of the original monastery survives, and incorporates many stones taken from nearby Roman ruins, probably Coria or Hadrian's Wall. The current Hexham Abbey dates largely from the 11th century onward, but was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century. Other notable buildings in the town include the Moot Hall, the covered market, and the Old Gaol.

The UK's largest heritage festival - Heritage Open Days - returns this weekend and visitors can go behind the scenes in venues across the North East

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A warm and friendly welcome always awaits at the only racecourse in Northumberland and one of the most scenic in the country.

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Church warden Linda Hunter watering the displays at the front of the church. Photo: Ian Wylie

The donation is one of the largest received from a single donor in its 37-year history, the Alzheimer's Society said

An Annual Badge offers GREAT VALUE as not only does it give admission to the Club Enclosure for all of Hexham's fixtures it also entitles the holder to FREE ADMISSION to over 45 meetings at other National Hunt and Flat meetings during the year.

If you love being thrifty when you shop to find a fashion bargain, here's everything you need to know about vintage fairs in the North East

The town is served by Hexham railway station on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, also known as the Tyne Valley Line. The line — part of the UK publicly owned national rail network — was opened in 1838, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in Tyne and Wear with Carlisle in Cumbria. The line follows the course of the River Tyne through Northumberland.

Once the haunt of marauding Vikings 1300 years ago, nowadays Hexham proudly holds the title of England’s favourite market town – as voted by Country Life magazine. The town centre here is filled with winding streets with Hexham Abbey, the keystone of Hexham’s assets, at its hub.  This flourishing place of worship was founded by the Northumbrian saint and bishop Wilfrid in 674.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a car fire in Eilanville, Hexham in the early hours of Monday