Place:Great Bavington, Northumberland, England

NameGreat Bavington
Alt namesBirdhope Craigsource: settlement in parish
Bavingtonsource: 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
Bellingham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Bavington, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog
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. From 1894 until 1955 the parish was part of Bellingham Rural District. In 1955 it was absorbed into the new parish of Bavington, along with some other small parishes.

NOTE: Birdhope Craig has been redirected here. Although it has not been found on maps, there are source references for the place. The correct name may be Birdhope Crag as there are a number of places with the word Crag in their names. Sweethope is an old township adjacent to Great Bavington.

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