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A Pack of Idle Sparks

Hexham in the 17th Century
Anna Rossiter
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The Black Book of Hexham
Published December 2012
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A Pack of Idle Sparks
Published December 2013
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Dirty Old Town - £7.50Copies of Rawlinson's report into the sanitary condition of Hexham in 1853 are rare. Through a collaboration with the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle we have been able to publish the report in facsimile. The report makes for a fascinating read and gives a real insight into the lives of Hexham's residents 160 odd years ago.  You can buy it directly through this web site (click here) or at any of our meetings in Hexham.


Hexham Local History Society was founded in 1966 and is now the largest local history society in Northumberland.
Our members meet monthly for a programme of talks and, in the summer months, visits to locations of historic interest throughout the northeast.

Society visitsDetails of planned visits are now available on line.  Just click on the coach to see the details and booking information.

New members are always welcome to meetings. Just come along to one of our meetings, at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday in the month at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, or contact our Membership Secretary. Visitors are also welcome, at a charge of £2.  A leaflet describing the benefits of membership is downloadable from here

We publish a newsletter three times a year and an annual journal published in September, the Hexham Historian, an index to which is available to download free from this site.  (We welcome suitable articles for possible inclusion in future issues of the Hexham Historian; the first draft of any such articles should be submitted for consideration by Easter.)   Members also receive a discount on our Occasional Publications series, the latest titles in which are shown above.

Members are able to access our growing research library of downloadable documents relating to the history of Hexham.   New titles are being added all the time but already include Hearth Tax and Jury lists, in addition to the Rossiter Database of inhabitants from the 17th century.  A recent addition is The Hexhamshire & Allendale Inclosure Act.

If you have a query relating to the Hexham area, why not post it on our Notes & Queries page?   One of our members, or other visitors to the site, may well have the answer.   You do not have to be a member of the Society but will need to complete a short registration form.

HLHS is a Registered Charity, No.1042198
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