Vision for 2020
In 2013 the Town Council formed a number of Town Plan Working Groups who completed a Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15. This can now be read on-line or downloaded here. [Download not found] and [Download not found]

The Town Council’s working groups are presently implementing this Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15.
However,  the Town Council would like to know your views,  suggestions,  objections or comments,  so please send them by email here or write to Hexham Town Council,  Council Office,  St Andrew’s Cemetery,  Hexham NE46 3RR.

The Town Plan 2013 version is also available for you to read on-line or download. [Download not found]

An early history of Hexham or how it got its name

Hexham Abbey and Market Place


Most historians now agree that there was probably no Roman settlement at Hexham,  especially as the Roman supply base at Corstopitum was only three miles away. Hexham’s recorded history therefore begins with the grant of land called Hagustald’s Land [roughly Hexham and Hexhamshire today] to Bishop Wilfrid of York to build a fine Church and Monastery in 674AD. The monastic community attracted a lay community on the high ground to its North,  East and South,  whose buildings covered the current town centre area.

The Norman Conquest saw Hexham beginning to prosper,  after initially succumbing to King William’s ‘harrying the North’,  when it came into the care of the Archbishop of York. By 1113 its prosperity was such as to justify the building of the modern Priory Church and Monastery over the now ruined site of Wilfrid’s building. About this time the town became known as Hextildisham after the wife [Hextilda] of Richard Comyn,  Lord of Tynedale,  a substantial patron of the new Priory. Hextildisham soon contracted to Hexham and thus it has remained.



To understand more about how Hexham’s current buildings reflect the town’s history and heritage,  click here.