Book Launch

Northumberland: A Guide

Stephen Platten's 'Northumberland: A Guide' has been published this summer by Sacristy Press in Durham. With more than 240 photographs and maps, it begins with three chapters on the land, the history and the culture.

Following is a gazetteer of places including even the tiniest hamlets and covering the whole county from Alston and Allendale to Berwick and Wooler, Blyth and Ashington to West Woodburn and Bellingham. It is a book that has been lovingly crafted in the tradition of the erstwhile Shell County Guides, and will be of immense interest to both residents and visitors of Northumberland alike.
The Duke of Northumberland will host the book launch at
Alnwick Castle
The Guest Hall
Tuesday, 27 September, 2022
6pm - 7:30pm

The event is free of charge.

Please email the author if you would like to attend


Event Information

  • Entry to Alnwick Castle will be via the Iron Railings on Castle Square (NE66 1NG).
  • If parking for this event, please park on the nearby streets. Do not park in the main castle car park on Denwick Lane as there will be no access to the castle from this car park.
  • Gates to the castle will open at 6pm.
  • The event will finish at approximately 7:30pm.

About Stephen Platten

Stephen Platten was educated at Stationers’ Company’s School, the University of London and Trinity College, Oxford. Formerly Dean of Norwich and Bishop of Wakefield, he remains a lifelong enthusiast for the classic Shell County Guides, in which tradition this volume stands. He is an “adopted son” of the County of Northumberland, having explored most corners of it in a series of ancient Land Rovers, and is magnetized still by its landscape, history and architecture. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Event Dates

The event is taking place on dates highlighted in red.