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An Anglian kingdom of northern England formed in the seventh century by the union of Bernicia and Deira. Much of Northumbria fell to invading Danes in the ninth century and was annexed to Wessex in 954.


1. (Historical Terms) (in Anglo-Saxon Britain) a region that stretched from the Humber to the Firth of Forth: formed in the 7th century ad, it became an important intellectual centre; a separate kingdom until 876 ad
2. (Placename) an area of NE England roughly corresponding to the Anglo-Saxon region of Northumbria


(nɔrˈθʌm bri ə)

1. an early English kingdom extending N from the Humber to the Firth of Forth.
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This was in the Northern, Anglian, kingdom of Northumbria (Yorkshire and Southern Scotland), which, as we have already said, had then won the political supremacy, and whose monasteries and capital city, York, thanks to the Irish missionaries, had become the chief centers of learning and culture in Western Christian Europe.
Mr Kumar said: "This was a stunning find and one that gives us a vivid picture of life among high-class Saxon families living in what was the old Kingdom of Northumbria.
After its decline, the Kingdom of Northumbria was absorbed into the Scandinavian kingdom of what?
45 Southwell A king and martyr, Oswald (605-642) was the second of seven brothers, sons of Ethelfrid, who was grandson of Ida, founder of the Kingdom of Northumbria in 547.
The site of the castle, which sits on a huge outcrop of rock on the North Sea, has been continuously occupied since the Bronze Age and was an Anglo-Saxon stronghold in the sixth century (it is first mentioned in 543 AD) and the capital of the kingdom of Northumbria from the seventh century.
While a bit further down the coast is the stunning Bamburgh Castle, the one-time capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria.
During the 7th century, from his base in Bamburgh, Oswald ruled the Kingdom of Northumbria which once extended from Edinburgh to Leeds.
The most impressive is the 15th century St Oswald's church, dedicated to the modern town's reputed founding father who was believed to be a monarch of the old Celtic kingdom of Northumbria.
The penetration into what is now Scotland by Anglians from the neighbouring kingdom of Northumbria is widely held to post-date their official conversion to Christianity in 627.
The church is sited on a ridge called The Heugh, with clear views of the Farne Islands, so closely associated with St Cuthbert and Bamburgh, a royal seat of power for the kingdom of Northumbria.
The dig has uncovered huge sandstone blocks used in the building of the church on The Heugh, a ridge on Holy Island which offers extensive views of the Farne Islands and Bamburgh, which was a royal capital of the kingdom of Northumbria.
Taking that argument to its logical conclusion, we should be calling ourselves Northumbrians as the Kingdom of Northumbria both pre-dated and covered the areas known as Cleveland and Yorkshire, and who among us when travelling in other parts of the country hasn't been mistaken for a "Geordie"?