- source: Family History Library Catalog
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Great Ryle from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:
- "Ryle, Great, township, Whittingham par., Northumberland, 3 miles W. of Whittingham, 2042 acres, population 70."
Great Ryle was a township in the ancient parish of Whittingham and became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1955 the civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed into the parish of Alnham.
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