The Village

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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additions here and there as time allows - this includes removing or correcting broken links, and deleting or updating out-of-date information.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 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

Coquetdale Squirrel Group

Coquetdale Community Archaeology

Organises and carries out archaeological research and fieldwork into the archaeology of
the Upper Coquet valley.

The group has wide-ranging and compelling interested, and has developed a detailed research agenda to guide their work.

Coquetdale Squirrel Group

Coquetdale Squirrel Group

Red squirrels are under threat, and various groups have been set up
to encourage and protect them.

Here, the Coquetdale Squirrel Group is a group of volunteers focussed on the
conservation of red squirrels in the area.

Coquetdale Art Centre

Coquetdale Art Centre

Located in the heart of Rothbury, the Coquetdale Art Centre is open every day
of the week for nine months of year to promote, display and sell works
by local artists. The gallery contains works by over a hundred of them.

For more details, including opening times, visit their web site, or read their leaflet.

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