In the reign of Charles I a visitor to Belford described the village as "the most miserable, beggarly town with little shelter for horse or man" Happily, the fortunes of the village changed when the Manor was bought by the Dixon family in 1726 and Abraham Dixon went about improving his estate. Belford's population grew and Dixon commissioned James Paine to design a country seat - Belford Hall which was completed in 1756.
Around one hundred years ago historian W.W Tomlinson described the village as "an exceedingly quiet place with quaint reminiscences of the past in its irregular streets and plain gray houses of stone". The village still maintains a slower pace of life, popping into a shop for one item can be an event as the weather, the roads and life in general will be discussed between the locals, and you who will become a "local" after a day or two!
Belford once boasted a castle, now the site of West Hall farm on the outskirts of the village. The owner of the farm's research reveals that a timber fortress probably stood on the site as early as 1050. The moat of "Belfurth Castle" can still be traced, at one time it accommodated 70 armed horsemen, the castle's well still exists, a few steps away from the current farmhouse kitchen. Remember, this is Border Reiver country, on a misty winter day on Belford Moors it's not hard to imagine you're in a scene from Braveheart!