Village Green, Barrasford
Barrasford shown within Northumberland
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Barrasford is a village in Northumberland, in England. It is situated to the north of Hexham, on the North Tyne. Barrasford is an ancient village that lies within the shadow of Haughton Castle. The village is notable for being the location of a Bronze Age burial site where The Reaverhill Dagger was excavated in 1964. Today Barrasford is noted for its quarry.
A forgotten community which existed for more than 50 years on isolated moor land in Northumberland has been brought back to life in a major heritage project. The Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland sanatorium opened in 1907 on the moors above the neighbouring villages of Barrasford and Gunnerton. It treated victims of tuberculosis at a time when 60, 000 people a year were dying from the disease in England and Wales and the annual mortality rate in Newcastle alone was nearly 600.
Fresh air and high hopes as donors tackle the TB scourge. The scourge of tuberculosis lent urgency to the need for action in the North East. In 1902 a subscription fund was set up to finance the building of a sanatorium to treat patients. William Watson-Armstrong, who became Baron Armstrong after the death of his great uncle Lord Armstrong of Cragside, gave £4000 – equivalent to £350, 000 today.
In 1974 Barrasford was the setting for the "Affairs and Relations" episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?.
Barrasford was served by Barrasford railway station on the Border Counties Railway which linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction. The first section of the route was opened between Hexham and Chollerford in 1858, the remainder opening in 1862. Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1956. Part of the line is now beneath the surface of Kielder Water.
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