lies near the centre of rural Northumberland, 12 miles from Alnwick, 15 miles from Morpeth
and 29 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne. As such it has been a local centre since
the 13th century and at various times had a castle, a market and
magistrate's court. It was
the administrative centre of the rural district till 1974.
The name 'Rothbury' is variously derived from the Celtic word 'Rhath' meaning a cleared
spot, or from the Saxon warrior 'Hrotha' whose kingdom was hereabouts. Or it may owe its
origin to 'Rood' or cross from the Latinised word, 'Rodeberia', which was its first recorded
This Heritage trail is intended to provide an appreciation of Rothbury and a non too serious introduction to its history.
Use the menu to go to specific areas and work your way through the village.
Photographs in the Heritage Trail were provided by Michael Hodgson to whom any Copyright in respect of the photographs belongs.