Place:Alwinton, Northumberland, England

Alt namesAllentonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.35°N 2.11°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 a part 1894-1974
Barrow, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Burradon (near Rothbury), Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Fairhaugh, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Kidland, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Linbridge, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Linsheeles, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Alwinton (previously named Allenton and sometimes still referred to as this) is a village and former parish in Northumberland, England. Alwinton is named after the nearby River Alwin, and means "farm on the River Alwin".

Alwinton lies at the head of the Coquet valley, on the edge of both the Otterburn Army Training Estate and the Northumberland National Park. The village is roughly 10 miles (16 km) from the border with Scotland, and about 18 miles (29 km) to the west of Alnwick.

The neighbouring village of Harbottle with Harbottle Castle are about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) from Alwinton. A road continues past Alwinton into the Cheviot Hills where it terminates at the ancient Roman military encampment of Chew Green.

Alwinton's population in the 2001 UK census was only 71. In the early 21st century several of rural Northumberland's least populated parishes were merged into slightly larger units, and Alwinton was one example, being merged with the neighbouring Biddlestone (where the UK census of 2011 the population is included).

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Alwinton 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 absorbed the civil parishes of Barrow, Burradon (near Rothbury), Fairhaugh, Kidland, Linbridge and Linsheeles. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Alwinton became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Wikipedia includes an interesting section entitled "Alwinton-Historical population and surnames".

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

"ALLENTON, or Alwinton, a township and a parish in Rothbury [registration] district, Northumberland. The township lies on the Coquet river, at the influx of the rivulet Allen or Alwin, 13 miles NNW of Scots Gap [railway] station, and 19 WSW of Alnwick. Acres: 1,550. Population: 87. Houses: 18. There were formerly two annual fairs. :"The parish contains also the townships of Farnham, Sharperton, Peals, Clennel, Burrowden, Biddlestone, Linbridge, Fair hangh, Netherton-North-Side, and Netherton-South Side. Post Town: Harbottle, under Morpeth. Acres: 31,940. Real property: £16,869. Population: 899. Houses: 167. The property, together with that of Holystone, is held chiefly by two proprietors. Much of the surface is moor and hill, rising toward the Central Cheviots. The living is a vicarage, united to the [perpetual] curacy of Holystone, in the diocese of Durham. Value: £160. Patron: the Duke of Northumberland. The church is early English and cruciform, and was restored in 1853. Charities, £28. "

Townships in parish

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