Place:Kirkley, Northumberland, England

Alt namesBenridge in Kirkleysource: hamlet in parish
Cartermoorsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.086°N 1.771°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1955)
See alsoPonteland, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Castle Ward Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Ponteland, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE:There is another place named Kirkley in Suffolk. Do not confuse the two.

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

"KIRKLEY, a township in Ponteland parish, Northumberland; on the river Blyth, 6½ miles SSW of Morpeth. It contains the hamlets of Benridge and Cartermoor. Acres: 1,816. Population: 181. Houses: 33. The manor belonged to the Eures, -one of whom was a famous warden of the Marches in the time of Henry VIII.; and it passed, in the time of James I., to the Ogles. The house contains some interesting portraits and relics; and the park has an obelisk, erected on the centenary of the landing of William III., in commemoration of that event. There is a Presbyterian church."

Kirkley was a township in the ancient parish of Ponteland and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Castle Ward Rural District. In 1955 the civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed back into the parish of Ponteland.

Wikipedia has an article on the Ogle family and other articles on prominent members of the family. Ogle parish is immediately north of Kirkley.

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