Norham
Norham
A small village 7 miles from Berwick, on the northern edge of Northumberland, beside the River Tweed. The parish church of St Cuthbert is an ancient building, with an excellent Norman chancel. At the opposite end of the village from the church are the ruins of a 12th century motte and bailey castle built by the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham. Wait a moment! Durham? Here? Yes, for in the medieval period Norham was an island of County Durham, surrounded on three sides by Northumberland, and on the other by Scotland.
The castle withstood several sieges, but was finally destroyed in 1513 by James IV of Scotland on his way to a date with destiny at Flodden.

An unusual annual event called the Blessing of the Nets takes place in Norham each year at midnight on 13 February, to signal the opening of the salmon fishing season.