Alnmouth Church. Alnmouth was established as a village by William de Vesci, who was granted a charter in 1152 to hold court and establish a settlement on a 296 acres (120 ha) spit of land in the manor of Lesbury. Eustace de Vesci was granted royal permission to establish a port and a Wednesday fish market in 1207 or 1208. Once an important grain port, supplying the London grain market, a storm on Christmas Eve in 1806 altered the course of the river and left Alnmouth ‘high and dry.’ A natural disaster from which the port did not recover. Antique copper-plate engraving dated in the plate 1 Oct 1783. Size of engraved area approx 5x6ins.