Northumberland: The Power of Place

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176pp, paperback, 100 illustrations (25 in colour)

Stan Beckensall has lived and worked in Northumberland for 35 years and this is first and foremost an insider's book. The outstanding natural beauty and distinctive geology of the county, and its rich archaeology and history, are seen through a series of case studies. When layers of time are peeled from these special places, the result is a microcosm of the county, captured in prose and poetry, photographs from the air and ground, and paintings and drawings by his friends.

His theme is that some places generate powerful feelings because of what has happened there, some because they are striking or beautiful, others because of an indefinable attraction or quality.

There are famous sites that delight visitors - Berwick, Holy Island, Hadrian's Wall and the Cheviots. There are also lesser known places such as Old Berwick and Edlingham where the author has made significant discoveries, and others like Ford and Etal, which have a particular significance for the author. Another dimension is his work on the significance of place names and field names. The book is written from the heart as well being firmly rooted in original research, for the author's extensive experience as a teacher, lecturer and dramatist has given him a unique insight into people's lives in both town and country areas.

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Stan Beckensall has lived in the county for 35 years. He has directed and takes part in many excavations, is an international expert on prehistoric rock art and has published work on place-names and field-names. He has written and produced plays with a local flavour with adults and children, some of which have been broadcast on local radio. He has appeared on TV and Classic FM radio. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and London, and is the author of the widely acclaimed 'British Prehistoric Rock Art' (Tempus 1999).

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