Place:Eglingham, Northumberland, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.469°N 1.835°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoCoquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Bassington, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
Ditchburn, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
Harehope, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
Shipley, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
North Charlton, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
South Charlton, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Eglingham in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Edlingham, Eglingham and Ellingham were all ancient parishes in northern Northumberland relatively close to the North Sea coast. All three places can all be found on modern maps.

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Eglingham is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England, situated about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Alnwick and 10 miles (16 km) from Wooler. The village lies in the sheltered valley of the Eglingham Burn, a tributary of the River Aln, about 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level, in a rural conservation area set amongst rolling countryside, within 5 miles (8 km) of the Cheviot Hills. The village is surrounded by mainly arable farmland, moorland and woodland.

The village has about 60 dwellings and a population of about 100, most situated either side of the through-road, and including the local manorial property, Eglingham Hall.

As a parish Eglingham is about nine miles (14 km) in length by four and a half in breadth, with an area of 23,361 acres (94.54 km2).

The parish is largely agricultural, although gravel extraction continues to the west. In 2011, the UK census reported a population for the parish of 385. Villages in the parish also serve as bases for commuters working in Alnwick and Newcastle upon Tyne.

In addition to agriculture, the parish's population was also engaged in mining coal and quarrying limestone and freestone, all of which are described as being available in abundance. A nineteenth-century travellers' guide describes a stream of water which "is turned black as common ink by an infusion of galls". Eglingham colliery closed in November 1897, after becoming unprofitable owing to the costs of removing water from the main coal seams at Black Hill.

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Eglingham was an ancient parish in the Coquetdale Ward which also became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 until 1974 the parish was part of Alnwick Rural District. In 1955 the surrounding parishes of Bassington, Ditchburn, Harehope, and Shipley (which had all been townships in the ancient parish), plus the parishes of North Charlton and South Charlton were all absorbed into Eglingham. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Eglingham became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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

"EGLINGHAM, a township in Alnwick [registration] district, and a parish partly also in Glendale [registration] district, Northumberland. The township lies between the rivers Alne and Breamish, 6 miles NW of Alnwick [railway] station; and has a post office under Alnwick. Acres: 1,946. Population: 363. Houses: 73.
"The parish contains also the townships of [see below]. Acres: 23,361. Real property: £19,097; of which £62 are in mines. Population: 1,845. Houses: 339. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Ogles. Much of the surface is moorland. Limestone, freestone, and coal abound. A mineral spring, impregnated with vitriol, issues from an old coal draining-drift. A lake of five acres, called Keemer Lough, is rich in perch and very large pike. There are ruins of an old Border tower, and vestiges of British and Roman camps. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the archdeaconship of Lindisfarne, in the diocese of Durham. Value: £835. The church is good; and there is a Presbyterian chapel."

Townships in parish

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