Blanchland
Blanchland
A small village on the border of Northumberland and County Durham, Blanchland has a long and fascinating history. The name 'Blanchland' means 'white land', which refers to the white robes worn by monks of the Premonstratensian order, who established a monastery here in 1165. The abbey was disbanded by Henry VIII, and the abbot's house became the inn now known as the Lord Crewe Arms. The abbey church survived with some alterations as the current parish church.
The village as we see it today was largely the work of the Lord Crewe Trustees, who built many of the village cottages from stone scavenged from the old abbey buildings.