Place:Great Bavington, Northumberland, England

NameGreat Bavington
Alt namesBavingtonsource: renamed 1955 with expanded area
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.1°N 2.009°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoKirkwhelpington, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BAVINGTON (Great), a township in Kirkwhelpington parish, Northumberland; 4 miles E of Watling-street, and 10½ N of Corbridge. Acres: 1,565. Population: 61. Houses: 15. Bavington Hall is the seat of C. Shafto, Esq. There is an English Presbyterian church."

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.


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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.

Notable people

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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.

Research Tips

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