Place:Biddlestone, Northumberland, England

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NameBiddlestone
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.368°N 2.059°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoAlwinton, 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 1894-1974
Clennel, Northumberland, Englandparish 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

Biddlestone is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. It is about 14 miles (23 km) to the west of Alnwick. In the early 21st century several of Northumberland's least populated parishes were merged to form slightly larger units. Biddlestone was merged with Alwinton, the enlarged parish having a population of 177 in 2011.

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

"BIDDLESTONE, a township in Alwinton parish, Northumberland; in the basin of the Coquet river, under the southeastern Cheviots, 7½ miles NW of Rothbury. Population: 198. Houses: 33. The manor belonged anciently to the Vissards; but was given by Edward I to Sir W. de Selby; and belongs still to his descendants. James I., when on his way to London, in 1603, was entertained here, and knighted five of the Selbys. Here is a Roman Catholic chapel."

Biddlestone was a township in the ancient parish of Alwinton and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Rothbury Rural District. In 1955 it absorbed the neighbouring civil parish of Clennel. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Biddlestone became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority. As has been noted above, Biddlestone is now part of Alnwick.

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  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
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