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16 Things You Only Understand If You're From Northumberland

The truth about life in England's Northernmost county.

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1. It’s cute when anyone from Liverpool or Manchester call themselves ‘Northern’.

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You're all Southern softies to us, we're afraid. Even you, Yorkshire.

2. Castles? They’re no big deal.

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Seeing how we can choose from *deep breath* Alnwick, Aydon, Bamburgh (above), Belford, Bellingham, Bellister, Belsay, Berwick, Blenkinsop, Bothal, Bywell, Callaly, Cartington, Chillingham, Chipchase, Cocklepark Tower, Cotherstone, Coupland, Cresswell, Dally, Dilston, Dunstanburgh, Edlingham, Elsdon, Etal, Featherstone, Ford, Halton, Haltwhistle, Harbottle, Haughton, Langley, Lindisfarne, Mitford, Morpeth, Norham, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Rothley, Thirlwall, Twizell, Wark in Tyndale, Warkworth or Widdrington Castle. (That's more than any other county, if you couldn't guess).


3. Stonehenge is overrated.

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The Duddo Stone Circle in Duddo, Northumberland is a prehistoric collection of stones from the Neolitihic period just as mysterious and beautiful as the South’s more famous World Heritage site.

In fact, it’s better, because there is no visitor centre, food vans or grown men pretending to be druids to spoil the magic.

4. The answer to this joke.

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Thanks to the Farne Islands, we can watch England's most diverse seabird colony at play - including 37,000 pairs of puffins.

6. What it’s really like to belong to the Night’s Watch.


George RR Martin confirmed in a 2000 interview that the inspiration for the massive wall Jon Snow hangs out on in Game of Thrones was based on none other than Hadrian’s Wall, the former Roman wall and UNESCO World Heritage Site that partly runs through Northumberland.


7. This guy owns everything.


"Whose is that field, over there?"

"That's the Duke's land."

"What about those nice houses?"

"The Duke's."

"...the castle?"



9. What it was really like to grow up with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

After all, they were only up the road in Alnwick Castle (left), where a certain School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was filmed (right).

11. What this means:

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Translation: "Excuse me Sir, I'm afraid I seem to be rather covered in mud. Could you direct me to the nearest toilet please?"



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