Two interesting articles from History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club
Lime Kilns of North Northumberland by J.W. Bainbridge, vol. 45, part 2 (1991) pp. 111-138 - describes lime kilns in this area from 15th century onwards. Many photographs and lots of insight into working conditions.
Coal mines of North Northumberland by J.W.Bainbridge published in three parts in History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club.
Berwickhill, vol. 46, part 1 (1993) pp. 37-74
Scremerston Triangle, vol. 46, part 2 (1994) pp. 137-178
Southern sector - Duddo to Wandylaw, vol. 46, part 3 (1995) pp. 237-271
This paper looks at the coal mines in these areas, their history, mining methods used, and the living conditions for the colliers and their families.
The standard reference book for artists who were native of or worked in the North East is The Artists of Northumbria by Marshall Hall (Marshall Hall Associates Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 1973) ISBN: 0 903858 00 2