Northumbrian Language Society


Accents only come to life when you listen to them.  Here are some examples.

Click Here to go to the videos page and SEE it being spoken.
Or if you want some practice, consult some written Northumbrian here.

Since the era of Dr Johnson, there has been a steady interest amongst historians and academics in the origins and evolution of language.  On our own history pages we have provided a very brief overview of how Northumbrian originated, where its traits came from, and how it has evolved to what we have today.

Heddon-on-the-Wall 1953
How to make a cartwheel
Thomas Mosscrop, (b.1879, male, retired joiner)
Thomas describes in intricate detail the making of a cartwheel. The speaker’s grandchild enters and is addressed briefly during the course of the recording.


Uswayford, Alwinton
Neil Telfer,  (b.1935/08/15, male, quarry manager)
Neil remembers the isolation of the family farm he grew up on in Uswayford on the fells above Alwinton. He describes how provisions were delivered to such a remote location and the measures taken to prepare for the possibility of being cut off in winter. He speaks admiringly of his mother cooking for such a large household. Windyhaugh is a hamlet in the Usway valley and Wooler a town to the northeast.


Our own Peter Arnold won a trophy in 2013 from the national dialect festival for this item, which was reported on ITV News.




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