Northumberland steam farm project

Posted on 10th June 2011 | in Community , Heritage & Tourism

Beamish Museum in partnership with Woodhorn Museum has been exploring the story of Victorian farm developments in Northumberland.

The introduction of stationary steam engines into farms is particular to Northumberland. You can tell which farms had steam engines because they often still have enormous chimneys.

The Museum is interested in collecting people’s memories of working on farms. Perhaps you helped with the harvest, haymaking or picking the potatoes; we would love to know.

You might have photographs of farming around Amble or objects that relate to farming.

The Museum has been working with a number of schools and community groups exploring this interesting past. One of the farms near Warkworth has taken children from Broomhill First to find the historical evidence of the steam engine and Moorhouse Farm near Amble (pictured left) still has the stump of the chimney.

If you would like to get involved in the project and share your experiences of farming then please contact Simon Woolley, Head of Learning and Access at Beamish on 0191 270 4011 or email

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2 thoughts on "Northumberland steam farm project"

  1. Tom Orr says:

    Thanks for putting up these photos. There’s very little on-line about this aspect of agricultural history. Static steam engines were not only used in Northumberland. There are at least thirty chimney stacks still to be seen on farms in East Lothian.

  2. Eric Bird says:

    Was there a steam engine named glendale.

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