This first thorough study of Seventeenth Century Hexham in Northumberland, based on exhaustive primary research, finds that - contrary to the views often expressed by contemporary visitors - it was a thriving market town. Anna Rossiter, who died in 2007, was a practiced historian and teacher, and undertook this study for her Masters thesis in 1997. It will appeal to all with an interest in the town's history as well to students of the early modern period in general.
Hexham Local History Society was founded in 1968 and is now the largest local history society in Northumberland. Members meet monthly for a programme of talks and, in the summer months, visits to locations of historic interest throughout the northeast and beyond. It publishes a newsletter three times a year and an annual journal, the Hexham Historian, an index to which is available to download free from the website: http://hexhamhistorian.org/. Members are also able to use a growing online research library of downloadable documents relating to the history of Hexham.