We have recently been looking at a number of buildings in Morpeth.
One of these was an 18th-century house with an elegant staircase. Amazingly, we have found the owner’s accounts. They show what the workmen did when the house was put up and how much they were paid. This adds a real human touch to the history.
Amongst the other buildings we have looked at were one supposed to be a textile factory (probably correct) and another supposed to be a snuff mill (not quite correct – there had been one attached to the remaining buildings but the mill part had been demolished some time ago).
We can learn a lot from the physical remains we record, but it helps to do some historical research too when trying to interpret what happened in an old building.