History of Lord Crewe's Charity revealed

HISTORY buffs in Northumberland can learn more about the fascinating work of a centuries-old charity over the next few weeks.

HISTORY buffs in Northumberland can learn more about the fascinating work of a centuries-old charity over the next few weeks.

An exhibition about Lord Crewe’s Charity has gone on display at Blanchland Abbey, and there will also be a talk in the local community centre on April 13 at 7pm.

It follows months of research by staff and volunteers at the Northumberland Archives centre at Woodhorn on historical papers belonging to the charity.

It was established in 1721 by the terms of the will of Nathaniel, Lord Crewe.

It helped members of the clergy and poor people across the Diocese of Durham, and also provided a boarding school for girls, an infirmary, a cheap shop, discounted corn, and aids to crews and ships in distress.

Grants from the present-day charity and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed Woodhorn staff and volunteers to list, catalogue and piece together the collection of documents dating back to the 15th Century.

Dr Liz O’Donnell from the Northumberland Archives will give the talk on April 13.

Places need to be booked in advance by calling 01434 675141.

 

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