On 22 June, I was involved in an 'Iron Age Day' in and around Etal Village Hall where there were a whole range of activities and displays for adults and children. The day was inspired by the various excavations on Iron Age sites such as those at Mardon and Flodden Hill. From pot-making and firing, baking, brewing, weaving, drawing, modelling and roundhouse-building to displays of life in the Iron Age and examination of metal-detected finds, there was something for everybody. I have put a number of photographs on the Gallery page.
Our latest book, Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell was launched on Wednesday, 5th June ahead of the monthly meeting of The Till Valley Archaeological Society ( TillVAS). See details on the Books (cont.) page for ordering online.
My fourth book on local topics, Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, is still 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.
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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