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Northumberland, in the North East of England, borders Cumbria to the west, County Durham to the south and Tyne and Wear to the south east, as well as having a border with the Scottish Borders council area to the north, and a North Sea coastline of outstanding natural beauty with a 103 km long distance path. Since the creation of Tyne and Wear in 1974, the county council has been located in Morpeth, situated in the east of the county.
As the ‘Kingdom of Northumbria’ under King Edwin, the region's historical boundaries stretched from the Humber in the south to the Forth in the north. The historic boundaries of the county included Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as Tynemouth and other settlements in North Tyneside.
Being on the border of Scotland and England, Northumberland has been the site of many battles. Northumberland therefore has more castles than any other county in England, including the castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth. Northumberland is the most sparsely populated county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre.
Northumberland had until April 2009 one county council and six districts. These were, Blyth Valley, Wansbeck, Castle Morpeth, Tynedale, Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed, However all districts were abolished on 1 April 2009 with the county council becoming a unitary authority.
Northumberland played a key role in the industrial revolution. Coal mines were once widespread in Northumberland, with collieries at Ashington, Bedlington, Choppington, Netherton, Ellington and Pegswood. The region's coalfields fuelled industrial expansion in other areas of the country, and the need to transport the coal from the collieries to the Tyne led to the development of the first railways. Shipbuilding and armaments manufacture were other important industries.
Today, Northumberland is still largely rural. In recent years the county has had considerable growth in tourism due to its scenic beauty and the abundant evidence of its historical significance. Approximately a quarter of the county is protected as the Northumberland National Park, an area of outstanding landscape that has largely been protected from development and agriculture. The park stretches south from the Scottish border and includes Hadrian's Wall. The county annually receives 1.1 million UK visitors and 50,000 foreign tourists.
Northumberland offers selected, but very affordable, traditional and affordable leasehold offices and flexible serviced offices to let, as well as some virtual office space. For competitive prices on office space rental, contact your Northumberland commercial property expert via http://freeofficesearch.co.uk or telephone us free on 0800 0710 710.