Place:Alnham, Northumberland, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.392°N 2.008°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoCoquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Rothbury Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Prendwick, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Scrainwood, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Unthank, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Alnham is a hamlet and civil parish in Northumberland, England. It is about 14 miles (23 km) west of Alnwick and is located near the source of the River Aln. The population taken at the 2011 Census was less than 100. Because it is so small details are included in Whittingham parish.

To the west of the Church of St Michael lies Alnham Vicars Pele, a 14th-century pele tower which was restored from a ruinous state in the 19th century.

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Alnham was an ancient parish in the Coquetdale Ward which also became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 it was part of Rothbury Rural District. In 1955 it reabsorbed the civil parishes formed from its townships (Prendwick, Scrainwood and Unthank. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Alnham became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Alnham from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ALNHAM, a township and a parish in Rothbury [registration] district, Northumberland. The township lies near the source of Alne river, under the southern offsets of the Cheviots, 13 miles W of Alnwick [railway] station; and has a post office under Alnwick. Acres: 9,535. Population: 119. Houses: 22.
"The parish includes also the townships of Prendwick, Unthank, and Screnwood. Acres: 12,389. Real property: £4,326. Population: 295. Houses. 47. The property is divided among a few. Much of the surface is moor and mountain. A semicircular ancient camp 300 feet in diameter, with encircling double rampart and deep trench, occurs on a hill about a mile W of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £200. Patron: the Duke of Northumberland. The church is cruciform and old. The parsonage was built in the time of Edward III., and restored in 1844, and includes a peel tower. "

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