Place:Bywell St. Peter, Northumberland, England

NameBywell St. Peter
Alt namesEast Acombsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.947°N 1.925°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1887)
See alsoTynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Bywell, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was merged in 1887
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BYWELL-ST. PETER, a township and a parish in Hexham [registration] district, Northumberland. The township includes part of Bywell village. Population: 94. Houses: 20.
"The parish includes also the townships of Whittonstall, Newlands, Espershields, Healy, High Fortherley, Broomley, Apperley, Stelling, Newton, and Newton Hall; extends southward to the river Derwent at the boundary with Durham; and is nearly 8 miles long and 5 miles broad. Post Town: Stocksfield, Northumberland. Acres: 17,784. Real property: £9,296. Population: 1,574. Houses: 288. The property is divided among a few. Much of the land in the south is high and poor. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £300. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church has a square tower, and is good. The [perpetual] curacy of Whittonstall is a separate charge."

Bywell St. Peter and Bywell St. Andrew were merged into the civil parish of Bywell in 1887. The transfer to Bywell occurred before the existence of rural and urban districts.

Townships (with some spellings updated)

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