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One of the heptarchy of ancient kingdoms of England stretching from the Scottish Borders to the Humber estuary in what is now Yorkshire. It was formed from the unification of two Anglo Saxon kingdoms - Bernicia north of the Tees and Deira south of the Tees and very roughly corresponding to Yorkshire.

The area between the rivers Tees and Tweed were always strongly contested by Scotland and England and are known as The Debated Lands - which is the name of an Album by Kathryn Tickell.

Kathryn is a master of the Northumbrian Smallpipes, an instrument of the area.The Northumbrian Minstrelsy is a collection of Tunes for the smallpipes.