Morpeth

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Template:GBmap Morpeth is a small market town in Northumberland, England. It is on the River Wansbeck, which drains east through the town. The town is a mile from the A1, which bypasses it. It is the administrative centre both of Castle Morpeth borough and of the County of Northumberland.

The town prospered in the 12th century, when it was granted market status by King John.

Today the town is a thriving local centre. It is a commuter town for Newcastle upon Tyne, and benefits from excellent transport links. The A1 provides fast links to Edinburgh (2 hours) and Newcastle (half an hour), while its railway station has direct trains to London taking a little over three hours.

Tourism is growing. The town's Chantry Craft Centre also houses a Bagpipe Museum. Carlisle Gardens include the William Turner Physic Garden. There is a leisure centre, good sports facilties, and excellent speciality shopping.

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