Autumn at Corbridge

Painted in oils, sweeping up Autumn leaves in St. Andrew’s churchyard, Corbridge, Northumberland. The oldest part of the church originated in 7th Century Saxon times, much of it built out of stone taken from the nearby, then derelict, Roman garrison town.
The Roman presence at Corbridge, then known as Coria, where the Romans built a bridge over the River Tyne, (Coria Bridge – giving the place it’s name) continued for some 300 years until early in the 5th Century.
Corbridge, is at the intersection of Dere Street and Stanegate, the former Roman main roads North/South and East/West. Hadrian’s Wall is approximately 2 miles,to the North.

Market Place, Corbridge

Watercolour of Corbridge Market Place, in Tynedale, Northumberland. Behind is St. Andrews Church of 7th century Saxon origin. To the right the 13th century Vicar’s Pele, a sanctuary against raids by Scots over the border. To the left a ‘pant’ or water supply for the village.


A watercolour of one of the streets of Corbridge, where I live. In an earlier post I said that Corbridge has Roman origins from AD 70′ when a fort and strategic river crossing of the Tyne, were built and ultimately as a garrison town for more than 300 years.
The base of St. Andrews Church tower (seen in the picture), as part of the original church, was built by German origin Saxons in about AD 600′ from stone readily available from the ruins of the Roman town.
The Roman East/West road, The Stanegate, intersects with the street in the picture, to the right opposite the church tower. The road is still in use, running towards the Roman town site and original bridge, where it joined the North/South road, Dere Street.