Located in the beautiful historic village of Warkworth on the Northumberland Coast, the Hermitage Inn is an 18th Century
Grade II listed building. It has been an Inn since it was first built and a 'Hermitage Hotel' is marked on the 1st Edition
Ordnance Survey Map dated 1860. Located adjacent to the Market Place near the junction between Castle Street and
Bridge Street, the Hermitage Inn has been at the centre of village life in Warkworth and continues to play a key role in
the life of this vibrant and notable village.
Inside the Hermitage, guests can appreciate the tastefully restored decor and surroundings which give clues to the Inn’s
long history and status in the village.
The Hermitage Inn takes its name from the Hermitage – a late medieval cave and the chapel of a solitary hermit which is
located half a mile from Warkworth Castle on the River Coquet and accessible only by boat.
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Warkworth lies on the north-east coast of England in mid-Northumberland
with the River Coquet running west-east through the parish. The most
prominent and well known monument is the medieval Warkworth Castle
however the oldest known remains can be attributed to Bronze Age burial
sites at Sturton Grange and at Walkmill. In the Iron Age there is thought
that there was a fort on the site that is now occupied by the medieval
castle. The original fort dominated the coast and also guarded the
entrance to the Coquet and the horseshoe shaped river with the castle at
its ‘neck’ protected the settlement.
The first known settlers in Warkworth (or Wercewode as it was once called) were the Anglo-Saxons due to the fragments
of a cross found in the River Coquet and other artefacts suggesting the presence of a church. The village was once of
the five given to King Ceolwulph in AD 737 when he entered the monastery at Lindisfarne. Warkworth flourished in the
medieval period when it was a harbour and market town, it lies in a loop of the River Coquet and still retains a basic
medieval layout, having a medieval defended bridge together with a gatehouse at the north end of the village, leading
up the main street to the imposing castle on the highest point at the south end of the village.
The blackest day in the history of Warkworth was 13 July 1174 when the Earl of Fife together with King William the Lion
of Scotland, put 300 Warkworth residents who had sought refuge in the Church of St Lawrence to death. On 7th
October1715 the Jacobites under the orders of General Forster proclaimed the Pretender as King of Great Britain at the
Market Cross – a plaque marking this event can be seen in the village near the Market Cross in Dial Place.
Most of the buildings in the centre of the village on Castle Street and Bridge Street were built in the 18th and 19th
centuries and the architecture in the centre of the village has changed very little over the years.
To discover more about Warkworth visit warkworthvillagenorthumberland.co.uk