Place:Craster, Northumberland, England

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NameCraster
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.472°N 1.596°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoEmbleton, Northumberland, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Bamburgh Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Dunstan, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish absorbed into Craster in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Craster is a small fishing village on the Northumbrian coast of England. It has a small harbour and offers a view northwards along the rocky shore to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. This is the nearest point of access to the castle and the approach must be made on foot as there is just a grassy path. The next village to the north is Embleton.

For many years, the village has had a herring-curing business: Craster kippers are well known in England. The local herrings are smoked in a traditional manner by the Robson family.

The remains of a tower on the end of the harbour are all that can be seen now of the much taller building which was part of the overhead equipment which used to convey the local stone from where it was quarried to boats in the harbour. The disused quarry is now a car park. A small distance inland lies Craster Tower, the home of the Craster family who owned the quarry and had the harbour improved for its benefit. A memorial on the harbour wall commemorates a member of the Craster family who died serving with the British Army in Tibet in the 19th century, the development of the harbour was as a memorial to their son.

The walk along the coast to the south passes by Cullernose Point, an example of the basaltic cliffs which are a significant feature of the local landscape. It is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A mile to the west, Dunstan Hall is a mansion incorporating a medieval peel tower, now used as holiday accommodation.

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Historically Craster was part of the ancient parish of Embleton. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of Alnwick Rural District. In 1955 the civil parish was expanded when the neighbouring parish of Dunstan was abolished. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Craster became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.(Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

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