Tyne and Wear is one of our smallest counties but still manages to pack in a lot of history, much of it linked to the industrial revolution and mining. However, there is more to the county than coal and steam engines for this is the land of the Venerable Bede, father of English history. Hadrian’s Wall also terminates here at the site of Wallsend and the nearby town of Washington is the ancestral home of the first American President George Washington.
Important archaeological sites in Tyne and Wear include:
- The Roman forts of Segedunum and South Shields.
- Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Hylton Castle and Newcastle Keep, which all have their origins in the Norman period.
- Washington Old Hall, the ancestral home of George Washington.
- Jarrow Hall Georgian manor house, home of the Anglo Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum.