Antony Chessell
Antony Chessell

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SEPTEMBER 2018

 

THE FLODDEN TREE

Our nomination of the 400-500 years old Sycamore tree at The Hirsel near Coldstream has been shortlisted in the Woodland Trust's Scottish Tree of the Year competition 2018.

The six contenders are subject to public voting which ends on 7 October.

Gwen & I hope that as many people as possible will vote for the Flodden Tree.

Click on The Flodden Tree page above; this gives photos and information about the tree and how to vote. The winning tree will be eligible for a £1,000 tree care award to help its community celebrate and care for it. The winning tree will also be entered into the UK Tree of the Year competition 2018, again to be decided by public vote.

 

 

Another TillVAS excavation has come to an end at Mardon Farm where we further investigated the Iron-Age settlement that we looked at last year. Ditches, cobbles surfaces, pottery sherds and even flints probably from Neolithic soil infill.

What a long, dry spell we have had since May—not like the south of England but very good for Northumberland. Lots of plant watering needed, whilst allowing the grass to go brown. Recent showers have quickly greened the grass. Another marvellous holiday in Cyprus in May with sun all day and everyday; swimming and snorkelling, meeting up with our family and visiting ancient churches, monasteries, attractive villages and archaeological sites. I have put a few photos in the Gallery.

 

2018 sees another book in course of preparation. More details later.

 

A current project which has taken up much of my time but is just coming to an end, is the inspection and recording of historic buildings in connection with the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas Project. This is a community project administered by the Till Valley Archaeological Society with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to the Historic Buildings Group, there are three other groups of volunteers dealing with archaeology, social history and oral history. There is more information on the TillVAS website—there is a link below.

 

My fourth book on local topics, Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, is available for sale, published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)(www.tillvas.com), ISBN 978-1-291-58938-2 Price £10. Net proceeds of sale go to the Society. 

Information about this and other books, articles and poems can be seen on my Books & Books (cont.) pages and copies of some may be bought by clicking on the blue link at the top of the Books page and following the instructions.

 

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Thank you for visiting my website. I am Antony Chessell and I am a writer living in Northumberland in Border country, having moved from the Scottish Borders in October 2014. The photograph in the Header above shows Cheviot and adjoining hills in Northumberland as seen from Coldstream, just across the Border in Scotland.

Please click on the tabs to the left to find out about me, my books and various activities. Also, there is a collection of photographs in the Gallery which I add to on a regular basis. If you need to get in touch with me, you will see that there is a Contact tag. 

This is me at the National Trust for Scotland cafe before setting off on a walk to St. Abbs Head on a sunny day in late summer. The eastern Borders has a good deal of sunshine with relatively low rainfall. The photos below show views of the ruined Etal Castle which is in the care of English Heritage and which is near to my house. The castle was sacked by James IV and his army before the Battle of Flodden in 1513 and was never restored to its original condition. The first photo shows the Tower House (there was never a keep) with the Gatehouse in the background. The second photo gives an impression of the many dramatic sunsets that appear behind the ruins.

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