Great Bavington was originally a township in the ancient parish of Kirkwhelpington. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1955 it was absorbed into the new parish of Bavington (see below), along with the nearby parishes of East Shaftoe, West Shaftoe, and Little Bavington.
Bavington is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 99. The population taken at the 2011 UK census remained less than 100. Information is therefore included in the nearby parish of Kirkwhelpington. The village is 16 miles (26 km) north of Hexham, and about the same west from Morpeth.
In 1794, the Northumberland mathematician and astronomer Henry Atkinson (1781-1829) began running Bavington school when he was only thirteen. According to John Stokoe in his Songs and Ballads of Northern England (1893), the song Bobby Shaftoe is connected by tradition with one of the Shaftoes of Bavington, who ran away to sea to escape the attentions of a lady of beauty and fortune. The poet Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) spent her younger days living in the manse in Great Bavington.