Place:Ford, Northumberland, England

Alt namesEtalsource: village in parish
Ford-Forgesource: village in parish
Ford Forgesource: alternate spelling
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.632°N 2.08°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoGlendale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ford is a small village in Northumberland, England, about 13 miles (21 km) from Berwick upon Tweed. Ford shares a parish with Etal. The parish had a population of 493 in the UK census of 2011.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Ford, Northumberland.

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

"FORD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Glendale [registration] district, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Till, 6¼ miles ESE of Cornhill [railway] station, and 7½ NNW of Wooler; was once a market-town; consists of neat modern cottages, in one irregular street; commands a fine view along the valley of the Till; and has a post office under Coldstream.
"The parish contains also the villages of Etal and Ford-Forge. Acres: 11,464. Real property: £18,270; of which £500 are in mines. Population in 1851: 2,322; in 1861: 2,072. Houses: 407. The decrease of population was occasioned by the closing of a colliery, and the reducing of an extensive spade and shovel factory. The property is divided among a few. :"The manor belonged anciently to the Fords; passed to the Herons, the Blakes, and the Delavals; and belongs now to the Marquis of Waterford. Ford Castle stands on the west side of the village; was built in 1287, by Sir William Heron, rebuilt in 1764, by Lord Delaval, and restored in 1863, by the Marchioness of Waterford; retains two towers of the original edifice; was a place of strength and a scene of conflict, in the Border warfare; and was taken by James IV. of Scotland before the battle of Flodden. Coal, slate, limestone, and freestone are found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value: £1,380. Patron: the Marquis of Waterford. The church is ancient; was restored in 1852; and contains the tomb of Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, who died in 1854. The [perpetual] curacy of Etal is a separate charge. There are three dissenting chapels, and a national school.
"The sub-district contains also three other parishes and part of a fourth. Acres: 59,774. Population: 6,833. Houses: 1,321.

Ford was an ancient parish in the Glendale Ward and became a civil parish in the 19th century. According to A Vision of Britain through Time, it had no townships and was not absorbed by any other civil parishes. Etal and Ford-Forge have been redirected here. There is a gazetteer entry for Etal, but it was not classed as a township.

Possibly by error, references to Crookham have been omitted from the article on Ford in A Vision of Britain through Time, even though a search of supplementary places includes short excerpts from both John Marius Wilson's gazetter and that of John Bartholomew. In both, Crookham is described as a township of Ford.

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