a History of Heddon on the Wall
by George Clark (c.1963).
Historians are always pleased when an old manuscript comes our way. This time the manuscript isn't so old but dates from the early 1960s; it is a photocopy of a hand-written history of Heddon compiled by former resident, George Clark. Although it contains much of the same material, it brings up to date the history published by Cadwallader J Bates in 1886.
The manuscript starts with the Church of St Andrew on page 29. The earlier pages, whatever they cover, may be available in other copies or in the material he serialised in the Church magazine. The last page is numbered 243 and ends abruptly in mid sentence. Much of the material covered in Clark's account is already covered on this site but not always in such a well written form. I am pleased to have got my hands on this copy and have made a start in getting it typed up. The first part, pages 28 to 73, is now complete.
It might be nice to see Clark's history, with some edits and additions, properly published at some form in the future. I wonder if there would be a demand?