Bardon Mill shown within Northumberland
|Population||364 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
The only commercial pottery in the UK currently licenced to produce salt glaze pottery is Errington Reay.
The town is served by Bardon Mill railway station on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, also known as the Tyne Valley Line. The station is on the south side of the village close by the River South Tyne. The line was opened in 1838, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in Tyne and Wear with Carlisle in Cumbria. The line follows the course of the River Tyne through Northumberland. Passenger services on the Tyne Valley Line are operated by Northern Rail and First ScotRail. The line is also heavily used for freight.
The Arriva 685 bus which runs between Newcastle and Carlisle also serves Bardon Mill.
The local pub in Bardon Mill is the Bowes Hotel (pictured)..is the building of a revolutionary village hall within Redburn playing field grounds.Bardon Mill joins onto Redburn which in turn joins with Towhouse. A Post Office van visits the village six days a week for two hours a day. The church services alternate weekly between Beltingham and Henshaw churches both of which are very close to the village. There is a very active WI locally.
A leek club show is held every year the produce from which is auctioned along with donations the day after the show. Funds are then donated to local charities. Every October there is the Bardon Mill and Roman Empire conkers championships held on the village green. This competition is open to all ages from tiny ones to old codgers. It is an excellent way for the community to get together. Local community projects are asked to run a stall at the event to raise funds for either their own projects. These include the local plant people at Growability who provide work experience for adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. Their place of work is at Ridley Hall. Others run stalls to help raise funds for local charities.
There are a wealth of footpaths in the locality all with spectacular views of our lovely countryside.
A little over a mile to the south-west, Willimoteswick Manor is a 16th-century fortified manor house, largely rebuilt in 1900. Just over a mile east of Bardon Mill is Ridley Hall and Allen Banks. Ridley Hall was part of the ancestral home of the Bowes Lyons, the late queen mothers family. Weddings and other functions are often held there including a Burns Night Ceilidh which is organised by the local church. The churches for the area are in Beltingham and Henshaw. Allen Banks which were the grounds belonging to the hall were donated to the National Trust and have 500 acres of riverbank and woodland walks affording some of the best vistas in the area.
Northumberland National Park is located within a couple of miles of Bardon Mill. The Northern end of the North Pennines is just a mile or so from here. Vindolanda Roman settlement is in the parish just over a mile North of the A69. It is a world renonowned site and the location of the finding of the Vindolanda tablets, the oldest postcards in the world. Some of these are to be found in the museum at Vindolanda along with a great many Roman finds from the days of emperor Hadrian. Hadrian's Wall is located three miles North of Bardon Mill and is a World Heritage Site. Many people come from all over the world to see the wall and the forts along it, the best preserved of which is Housesteads located three miles from the village. There is a very popular Hadrian's Wall Path 83 mile trail and also Hadrian's Cycleway which comes into the village.
Lilian Bowes-Lyon (1895–1949), was born and grew up at Ridley Hall, near Bardon Mill. She wrote many poems about Northumberland, including Allendale Dog and Northumbrian farm. She was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900–2002) — the widow of King George VI, and mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
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