Place:Brandon, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoEglingham, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Coquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Glendale Rural, Northumberland, England
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Brandon is a village in Northumberland, in England. It is about north-west of Alnwick and south of Wooler in the Breamish Valley, just off the A697 north of Powburn.

The village, or hamlet, is actually all one farm, farmed by the Shell family since at least the late 19th century. On the north side of the main road is a line of tied cottages and the old blacksmith's shop, still in good condition though lacking a blacksmith. On the south side is the traditional square of farm buildings and the Grade B listed farm house which now also provides 'bed and breakfast' accommodation. Hidden in the corner of a small paddock next to the road is the mill race, apparently just a line of very large flagstones but covering a deep and well preserved stone channel, which shows that the traditional square farm buildings once contained a mill. Some more modern buildings have been added on, mostly to the west end of the farm, however the older buildings are still in good original condition.

The farm has a mixed arable, livestock and contracting business. They were spared both the BSE and Foot & Mouth epidemics, in the first case by always having fed organic feeds free from animal protein.

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  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
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