Place:Brinkburn, Northumberland, England

Alt namesBrinkburn South Sidesource: township in parish
Brinkburn Chapelrysource: main part of parish
Brinkburn High Wardsource: Family History Library Catalog
Brinkburn Low Wardsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.281°N 1.819°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoMorpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Coquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BRINKBURN, a parochial chapelry, consisting of the townships of [Brinkburn] South-side, [Brinkburn] Highward, and [Brinkburn] Lowward, in Rothbury [registration] district, Northumberland; on the river Coquet, 4½ miles SE by E of Rothbury, and 7 WSW of Acklington [railway] station. Post Town: Long Framlington, under Morpeth. Acres: 3,378. Real property: £2,154, of which £500 are in iron-works. Population: 220. Houses: 43. The manor belonged to a priory of Black canons, founded here, in the time of Henry I., by W. de Bertram, Lord of Mitford; was given, at the dissolution of monasteries, to the Earl of Warwick; and passed to the Cadogans. Ruins of the priory, including most of the walls of the church, still exist. The church is transitional Norman; cruciform, with low square tower; narrow, plain, and gloomy; an interesting relic of the age in which it was built. A branch of Watling street intersected the chapelry; and traces of a Roman station and bridge can still be seen. Some persons suppose Brinkburn to be the Brunanburch where Athelstane, in 938, defeated the Danes. Coal and lime abound."

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