Antony Chessell
Antony Chessell


MAY 2020


We have now been in lockdown since mid-March and, although we are told that we have passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, there is a long haul ahead of us. We are keeping to the rules and hope that everyone else is doing the same in order to beat the virus. They had been doing so in this area and everything had been quiet apart from the loud and very welcome birdsong. However, since the relaxation of rules regarding travelling anywhere by car for exercise, there has been a noticeable increase in visitors who are parking in the area. We are fortunate in being able to take our daily exercise straight from the front door into the surrounding attractive countryside. We hope that as many people as possible stay safe. Well done to all the NHS staff and others who are doing their best in very difficult circumstances.

We take part in the 'thank you clap' every Thursday at 8 pm.


Our latest book, Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)(www.tillvas.comwas launched on Wednesday, 5th June 2019 and is available for sale online at £10. See  details on the Books (cont.) page for ordering.



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)(, 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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