Newminster: Monks, Shepherds, and Charters
The story of Northumberland’s forgotten abbey.
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Once upon a time, on the edge of Morpeth, in the heart of Northumberland, there was a monastery. Over the course of 400 years, Newminster grew, thrived, suffered, and finally perished. Now its remains lie under green mounds, almost forgotten. This book brings it back to life.
Deciphered from its ancient medieval charters are the tales of people such as Juliana Gospatric and Ranulph de Merlay who passed on Juliana’s marriage dowry to the monks; the shepherds who took the wool producing flocks to the hills; the carters who brought the salt from Cambois and Blyth; and the people of Morpeth, Mitford, and other towns who gave their pennies to keep the lights burning at the tomb of St Robert.
They all take their place in the pageant of Newminster, until the end came with the dissolution of the Abbey by Henry VIII in 1537.