TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society


As the Society grows, it is intended that a series of books and pamphlets will be published in-house.


This page will also feature, from time to time, other publications that may be of particular interest. 

Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, Antony Chessell, softback, 276 pages, TillVAS, 2014, £10.00

Foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey, Ford & Etal Estates

The author is donating the proceeds from the sale of this book to TillVAS

The book looks at the various sections of the two river valleys between the source of the River Breamish in the Cheviot Hills and the junction between the River Till and the River Tweed at Tillmouth (The River Breamish becomes the River Till at Bewick Mill). The author has been on a subjective journey looking at archaeology, flora and fauna, history, geology, and things that just appealed to him on an 'as and when' basis as he came across them.

The aim of the book is to give some background information on the area of study identified at the beginning of the Constitution of the Till Valley Archaeological Society, but information that will be of interest to the general reader who likes the countryside of north Northumberland.

This is the first in-house publication by TillVAS and copies of the book will be available at TillVAS meetings and exhibitions and at local retail outlets in north Northumberland including Cornhill Village Shop, Lavender Tearooms, Etal and Ford Village Shop.

The book may also be purchased online. Just click on:-  www.lulu.com/spotlight/antonychessell 

Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford

by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell. Price £10 pbk 214pp.

Foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey

ISBN 978-0-244-75069-5


The second publication by TillVAS is a fully illustrated book which aims to draw attention to the many interesting building features and monuments in the four villages and surrounding hamlets. It is a potterer’s guide to local building styles and techniques that have determined the character of the villages, the countryside and the life of the people in the area. The authors will be donating the net proceeds of sale to TillVAS.

Copies of the book will be available at TillVAS meetings and at the Lavender Tearooms at Etal, Ford Village Shop and Heatherslaw Mill Shop. The book may also be purchased online. Just click on:-

www.lulu.com/spotlight/antonychessell or


TillVAS members may remember that the story of Andrew Todd, born in 1844 in Crookham, was featured in one of the Society's exhibitions held at Heatherslaw Mill. Research by Val Glass on local schools led to the story being featured in the exhibition. Andrew had graduated from Glasgow University but all trace of him had disappeared after 1871. A chance meeting between Heather Pentland and descendants (one of them from America) of Andrew Todd provided a crucial contact that enabled them to see the information in the exhibition. As a result, it was discovered that Andrew had emigrated to New Zealand in 1874, married Blanche Jones from England and become a government surveyor. In 1883, the family (eventually there were 8 children) moved to America where Andrew became a farmer in Oregon. He died tragically in 1908 from a farming accident.

Now, one of the descendants, Vivien Wilcock from Yorkshire, has published a book on Andrew Todd's life-story, featuring his diary during the voyage to New Zealand.  Copies of the book are available for sale through TillVAS.

The photograph shows Heather Pentland and Val Glass (top row) and Vivien Wilcock (below right) with Vivien's husband, Dennis, who was involved in the design and production side of the book.

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TillVAS webinars


We are returning to our zoom talks for the winter moneths. Our next webinar will be on Wednesday 3rd February.

Our speaker will be

Emily Freeman from the National Museum of Scotland  talking about

Treasure Trove.


The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Julia Day.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see 'whats on' information for the current month.


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