Place:Barrow, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.389°N 2.21°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1995)
See alsoHolystone, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Coquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Rothbury Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Alwinton, Northumberland, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BARROW, a township in Holystone parish, Northumberland; 10 miles WNW of Rothbury. Population: 14.

The same online source provides the following description from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Barrow, township, Alwinton par., W. Northumberland, 10 miles NW. of Rothbury, 1010 [acres], population: 11.

It is difficult to interpret these two entries, but it would appear that Barrow had associations with both Holystone and Alwinton ancient parishes and may have originally been part of Holystone and transferred to Alwinton at some unknown date. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1955 it was part of Rothbury Rural District. 1995 it was abolished and absorbed into the parish of Alwinton. (Source:A Vision of Britain through Time)

On the Ordnance Survey Map of 1900 referenced below, Barrow civil parish is marked southwest of Alwinton while Holystone parish is to the east of Barrow with Harbottle parish in between.

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