North Northumberland’s industrial heritage

The nineteenth century brought tremendous change to the industrial landscape in North Northumberland.  The arrival of the railways meant the transportation of people and goods opened up new opportunities for local communities and industry. Mechanisation transformed industry bringing a more diverse range of employment than had previously existed.


The following pages provide links to some websites which explore the background and history of the main industries in North Northumberland from the nineteenth century onwards, namely:


Coal mining in the Berwick area

Ship building at Berwick

Farming in North Northumberland

Railways in Berwick and North Northumberland

Herring fishing in Berwick and Spittal

Salmon fishing in Berwick-upon-Tweed