Belfords history starts as far back as 1272 with much involvement in the border wars with Scotland but the village only really came into its own when, in 1742, Belford became the centre for local commerce with the introduction of weekly markets and twice yearly fairs.
Belford also gained status as a coaching town on the route for the mail, leading to The Blue Bell Inn being built which still stands in the market square. As a flourishing market town the majority of the inhabitants worked in local agriculture and the surrounding mines and eventually the high street was rebuilt as the Georgian terraces seen today.
Belford today has a thriving community and boasts two schools, medical centre, a chemist, a newsagent and a small supermarket. There are places to eat and drink in the village as well as accommodation to suit everyone. Belfords location makes it an ideal base to explore the surrounding area with its history and scenery.