Morpeth is a town in the county of Northumberland, England found on a bend of the river Wansbeck, fifteen miles to the north of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It has a population of 15,500 and is the administrative centre for the Northumberland County Council. Its name is derived from 'moor path' or possibly 'Murder Path'.
The church of St Mary's at Morpeth is unusual in that has a watchtower built in 1830 to stand guard over the church burial ground. Morpeth was located on the Great North Road and was therefore convenient for body-snatchers who would snatch corpses for sale to the medical school at Edinburgh. The cemetery also features the grave of Emily Wilding Davison, the suffragette who threw herself in front of the King's horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.
The town also has its own Chantry Bagpipe Museum; Northumberland being one of the few parts of England that shares with Scotland a tradition of bagpipe playing.