Hexham is a Market Town 41 miles
east of Carlisle, 23 miles west of
Newcastle, just off the A69
road, 6 to 12 miles from some of the
top attractions on Hadrian's Wall.
Markets are normally Tuesday and
Attractions in the Town include the
Town Centre Park, Abbey, and Old Jail
Area Attractions Click on Map
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The image top is looking down Beaumont
Street towards the Town Centre, Abbey, and
The Building on the right is Hexham
Community Church, and Statue of
Lieutenant-Colonel George Elliott Benson who
died at the Battle of Bakenlaagte, in South
Africa during the Anglo Boer War.
There are a number of parking places down
this Street, but are often full.
The second image is from Beaumont Street
to the entrance of Hexham Park. This is a
large scenic Park with Bowling, Kids Play,
and Hexham House
built from 1723, now used for Weddings and
Accommodation. The two Wings on either side
of the House were added later.
The earliest parts of Hexham Abbey are
from 674, mainly built with stone from
Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Bridge at
Chesters Fort about 6 miles north. The Abbey
is Free to visit inside with a number of
Tombs of famous people from the area.
The Abbey has served as the Parish Church
of Hexham since the Dissolution of the
Monasteries in 1537, when Henry VIII
disbanded Catholic Monasteries so religious
organizations would then pay him money rather
than to the Pope in Rome, and follow his
views on how religion should portrayed, the
beginning of the Protestant religion in
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Hexham Market is in front the Abbey. The
narrow Market Street is down to the left in
this image with a car park half way down. If
this is full, the larger car park is down by
the Wentworth Leisure Centre, with a bit of
an uphill walk to this historic part of the
There is normally a Market every Tuesday
and Saturday, and Farmers Market every second
and fourth Saturday in each month. Hexham Market
The Street to the left is Hallstile Bank
leading down to the largest car park at the
Wentworth Leisure Centre.
The Buildings behind the Market are the
Moot Hall and Old Jail Museum.
Hexham Old Jail
Museum, or Old Gaol, is claimed to be the
oldest purpose-built Prison in England from
1330. The Museum covers Weapons of the Day,
Family Feuds, Battles, and Treatment of
There are a number of narrow Scenic
Streets in the Town Centre such as St Mary's Chare and
Old Church Lane.
400s - the Roman's returned to Europe with
much of the stone from Hadrian's Wall along
the Border with Scotland taken for buildings
in Towns or Farms.
Saxons from Germany soon began moving into
England, with their integration with the
English leading to them being known as Anglo
674 - Hexham originated after a Monastery
was built for Saint Wilfrid, with much of the
Stonework believed to have been taken from
Hadrian's Wall and Roman buildings.
788 - Elfwald, King of the Northumbrians,
was slain by the Anglo-Saxon nobleman named
Siga. King Elfwald is buried in Hexham
1296 - Hexham was attacked by William
Wallace and his forces during the First War
of Scottish Independence, seeing considerable
damage to the Town.
1312 - The next invasion by the Scots, led
by Robert the Bruce, saw the people of Hexham
pay £2,000 to be spared further damage.
1346 - during the Second War of Scottish
Independence, the Town and Abbey were
extensively damaged by the forces of King
David II of Scotland, son of Robert the
1464 - the Battle of Hexham took place on
the south of Town during the Wars of the
Roses, a Civil War in England from 1455 to
1485 between the York's and Lancaster's over
who should be the next King of England.
Around 30 Lancastrian prisoners were executed
the following day at Hexham Market, including
their Commander, the Duke of Somerset.
1715 - during the Jacobite Risings, an
attempt to restore the Stuart's to the
English throne, saw James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl
of Derwentwater, raise the standard for James
Francis Edward Stuart, known as The Old
Pretender, in Hexham Market place.
After the failure of the Rising,
Derwentwater was captured and beheaded.
1761 - the Hexham Riot began in the Market
Place during Protests about changes to
serving in the Militia. The protests getting
out of control, let to Troops from the North
Yorkshire Militia opening fire.
It is claimed around 51 Protesters were
killed, leading to the Militia being referred
to as The Hexham Butchers. The organizer of
the Protest, Peter Porter, was Hung by the
authorities soon after.
1700s - Hexham became known for its
Leather Trade, with the Gloves known as
Hexham Tans being their most known
There is a Vegetarian Restaurant on one of
Hexham's oldest streets named St Mary's
Chare, with the Cafe / Restaurant named
Today - Hexham is one of the top
attractions in the north of England, a
popular base to explore Hadrian's Wall and
Forts that are about 6 to 12 miles north,
east and west.