Place:Cresswell, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.235°N 1.538°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoWoodhorn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Morpeth Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Wansbeck 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

Cresswell is a village in Northumberland, England. It is about 4 miles (6 km) to the north of Ashington, on the North Sea coast.

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

"CRESSWELL, a township and a chapelry in Woodhorn parish, Northumberland. The township lies on the coast, 3½ miles ESE of Widrington [railway] station, and 7¼ NE of Morpeth. Post town, Ellington, under Morpeth. Acres: 1,078. Population: 244. Houses: 45.
"The chapelry is more extensive than the township: and was constituted in 1836. Population: 508. Houses: 91. Cresswell House, built in 1825 after designs by Shaw, is the seat of A. J.Baker, Esq. A very ancient tower here, 21½ feet by 16, consists of strong rude masonry. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value: £100. Patron: A. J.Baker, Esq. The church is in the early English style."

Cresswell was a township in the ancient parish of Woodhorn. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of Morpeth Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Cresswell became part of the Wansbeck District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Research Tips

  • 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.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.
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