Place:Houghton and Close House, Northumberland, England

NameHoughton and Close House
Alt namesHoughton and Closehousesource: alternate spelling
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.996°N 1.804°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHeddon on the Wall, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Castle Ward Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"HOUGHTON AND CLOSEHOUSE, a township in Heddon-on-the-Wall parish, Northumberland; near the Roman wall, 8½ miles W by N of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Acres: 597. Population: 147. Houses: 38. An old tower is here, 100 feet by 44. Closehouse belonged to the Ratcliffes, and passed to the Bewicks."

Houghton and Close House was originally a township in the ancient parish of Heddon on the Wall. From 1894 it was part of Castle Ward Rural District. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, but in 1955 it returned to being part of Heddon on the Wall.

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