John Chapman,
local historian & author
1926-2014

John Chapman was resident in Hexham, Northumberland from 1980 till his death in 2014, and gleefully retired from 1986. During this time he gained a reputation as a speaker, writer and, along with his wife Pamela, a lively and knowledgeable guide to Hexham's historic Abbey.

This site will continue to be developed to help make available a body of work which includes 'A Walk Back in Time', the 'History of High Shield', a wealth of information about Hexham Abbey, and other research.

It already contains research on Hexham's forgotten watchtower and information about Chapman's Complete House Dater.

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