Probably very few people know of Newbiggin on sea. For me it is one of the most honest and important historical sites in the country.
No knights, queens, kings starred here. No revolutions, riots or civil war battles were fought here. However
Newbiggin is a microcosm of the change in Britain from an agrarian society to an industrial one.
First it was a small fishing port, then someone discovered coal so it became a mining town, then the herring fishing expanded then in 1851 came the lifeboat.
THe tales of hardship of the miners, the herorism of the lifeboat crews, the immense toil of the fishwives, the courage and sacrifice of the fishing boat crews are all told in a simple, honest visitor centre on the coast.
If you are near here please
go, you can get a ,lovely cup of tea in the cafe, and the simple story of the life of just one small town in the Northeast of England will enrich your life.