The Village

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Your Community Your Future Your Say

Tell us what you think - it’s your Plan!

What do you think are the big issues for people
living and working here?

What issues matter to you?

Your comments are important.

See the display in All Saints Church, Rothbury,
until 22nd May, where there is a box for your comments,
as well as boxes in Rothbury Library
and in the Cross Keys, Thropton.

Comments can also be sent to:


The parish councils of Cartington, Rothbury, Thropton and Whitton & Tosson are working together to produce
The Mid Coquetdale Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Plan will give the local community more say in shaping the future of the area covered by the four civil parishes.

The development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area is intended to provide policies which better address the needs and wishes of the local community and provide a degree of local distinctiveness to the way planning decisions are taken.

To find out more, see the display in All Saints Church, Rothbury.


Welcome to the Rothbury web site - now "under new management".

A new site design is in the works (but retaining most of the existing content), and in the meantime I'll be making a few tweaks and additions here and there as time allows - this includes removing or correcting broken links, and deleting or updating out-of-date information.

I don't yet know when the new site will be completed, but it's a major job. I'm hoping it'll be finished mid-to-late 2015.

The first addition is a collection of 44 black-and-white and 2 colour lantern slides taken up the Coquet valley around the 1920s and is, I hope, the start of a "virtual heritage museum" for Rothbury and the valley in which it nestles.

The site was started about 15 years ago, in the days of dial-up internet, and thanks must go to those involved with the site, in particular to the "Rothbury Coordinator", Michael Hodgson, and to Michael Dean of Collie Dog Computers.

It will continue to be run on behalf of all of those who live and work in this beautiful area, with free access for local businesses and groups (although, for the time being, there'll be only limited opportunities for adding anything to the site).

Also, please note that the site administrator email address has changed. It is now

Mike Todd, Rothbury
27th December, 2014


Over The Bridges

Over The Bridges

Over the Bridges is a magazine that is delivered to every
household in the Coquet Valley free of charge.
It's also available
free to visitors in various locations in the valley.

Now it is available online as well

The Coquetdale Slides

The Coquetdale Slides

A collection of 48 lantern slides of the Coquet Valley west of Rothbury
and acquired by a small consortium of Facebook users

Thought to be from around the 1920s

Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail

A short circular stroll around the village starting at the Haugh Car park.

An appreciation of Rothbury and a none-too-serious 
introduction to its history

Around Rothbury

Around about Rothbury

Places not too far from the centre of Rothbury with a few
'quite interesting' facts that may be of interest
to walkers, ramblers and amateur historians


Short History of Rothbury

A Short History of Rothbury

This brief history of Rothbury from the last ice age to 2014 provides
an easy reference to events occurring in and around Rothbury:
Please feel free to use it as a reference as you follow the Heritage Trail
or stroll around the village.

Business Directory

Coquetdale Business Directory

A brief summary of some of the main businesses in the area.
with telephone numbers and links to their web sites.

Whilst every effort is made to keep this list current any changes or errors should be directed to


Please feel free to download a free PDF booklet to read at your leisure

         Heritage Trail                 Jubilee Hall History             Around about Rothbury        

      All Saints Leaflet            All Saints Chancel Screen        A Short History of Time Keepers

  Rothbury Bowling Club History  

Related Youtube videos

A few videos you might have missed

The Village Trail         Up the Valley       Coquetdale Memories

Rothbury Railway       Rothbury Garage    Thrum Mill     

Rothbury Racecourse      Rothbury Bridge    

The Valley Remembers 2014      Jubilee Flower Festival  2012

Mystery Object

Mystery Object

Bought in Hexham about 25 years ago.  Unknown origin.

Made of brass with 6 tiers and each tier has a set of 3 wheels(?)
Top tier has 1 set of 3.  Tier 2 has 5 sets. Tier 3 has 7, Tier 4 has 9, Tier 5 has 11 and the bottom tier has 13

Can you be the first to identify it?

The village site was originally published in 1998 as a project by the Rothbury Computer Club. Designed to promote Coquetdale it was one of the first village web sites in the area. Others being Morpeth and Alnwick which were eventually superseded by the district councils. Not a popular move as the original developers had already offered their skills but were unable to compete with the newly emerging consultants. 

The early days were interesting as access to the web was by dial up telephone lines which were expensive as well as being erratic, and free access to the computer club was restricted to the cognoscenti who shared a single key.

The Rothbury web was originally hosted by Duncan Elson (Photographer) on before passing to John Rayner on and then Colliedog Computers and continues to be free to local businesses.

Over the years it changed from promoting local events and businesses to one that concentrated on easily digested (I hope) history, focussing on Rothbury.

"The Heritage Trail" was based on a leaflet published by Peter Dawson and the Rothbury and District Amenity Society.
"Around About Rothbury" is based on the the authors interest in walking and wandering.
"A Short History" is based on an original work by Jeff Reynaulds.

It is believed that all items are in the public domain, including the booklets and videos, but in the event of a disagreement an e-mail to the coordinator will speedily resolve any issue.

The coordinator retired at the end of  December 2014. As mentioned above, the site is now under new management. and it is hoped that the site will continue to be a source of interest and continue to freely support the local community.

I would appreciate any comments that you may have regarding these pages.

E-mail the site administrator at