More of village’s intriguing tales and unexpected stories

The front cover of Howick's Seven Tales of the Unexpected.
The front cover of Howick's Seven Tales of the Unexpected.

Seven more stories from the annals of history in a north Northumberland village have made it into print in a recently-published book.

Howick’s Seven Tales of the Unexpected – Intriguing Tales from Northumberland, by Avril Meakin, came out in June.

It comes on the back of Howick – Tales from a Northumbrian Village, a 2012 compilation of stories taking in 10,000 years of history, which collected together parish-magazine articles on everything from people to places, flora to fauna and seasons to celebrations.

The new volume, which saw Avril teaming up with compiler Helen Page once again, features Earl Grey and the Great Reform Bill and a recently-rediscovered story of how Lady Sybil Grey took a party of doctors and nurses over the Arctic Circle to Petrograd in the First World War.

There’s also the energetic Albert, 4th Earl Grey, and his founding of the Cooperative in the village as well as the discovery of a mysterious sea chest.

And as Avril has pointed out, ‘it’s extraordinary that so many remarkable tales are to be told about such a small village, just 18 houses, though more with the outlying farms’.

She added that the book is a ‘good purchase for a gift’ or for anyone who loves Howick and wants to know more about its history.

The book costs £5, with the proceeds to go to local charities, and is available from Alnwick and Lesbury post offices and also from the admissions kiosk at Howick Hall gardens.