Place:Long Horsley, Northumberland, England

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NameLong Horsley
Alt namesLonghorsleysource: name of civil parish formed in 1955
Bigges Quartersource: township 1866-1955
Freeholders Quartersource: township 1866-1955
Riddells Quartersource: township 1866-1955
Long Horsley Commonsource: common land for the three quarters
Horsley Moorsource: name variation for above
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.25°N 1.767°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoMorpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
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Longhorsley is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Morpeth, and about 14 miles (23 km) south of Alnwick. The A697 road passes through the village linking it with Morpeth, Wooler and Coldstream in Scotland. The village is bordered on the north by the River Coquet.

The population of Longhorsley Parish is approximately 800, measured at the 2011 UK census as 887, and is essentially a residential community for those who work in South Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

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From 1865 until 1955 the village area was arranged as three separate townships: Bigges Quarter, Freeholders Quarter and Riddells Quarter. Each of these is described below. Up until 1865 the townships were part of a larger ancient parish of Long Horsley, also described below. The other townships of the ancient parish are considered as separate places. (Note that the official name for the ancient parish was Long Horsley, while the modern civil parish is Longhorsley. The two spellings and the two time frames are considered to be describing the same place in WeRelate.

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

"HORSLEY (LONG), a village in Morpeth [registration] district, and a parish partly also in Rothbury [registration] district, Northumberland. The village stands on a branch of the river Coquet, 4¾ miles W by S of Widdrington [railway] station, and 6 NW by N of Morpeth; and has a post office under Morpeth.
"The parish comprises the townships of Witton Shields, Stanton, Longshaws, Bigges Quarter, Riddells Quarter, Freeholders Quarter, Todburn, and Wingates. Acres: 12,849. Real property: £7,463; of which £38 are in mines. Population: 964. Houses: 201. The manor belonged to Gospatrick, passed to the Merlays, and belongs now to Thomas Riddell and Henry J. Baker, Esqs. An old tower of the Riddells stands at the W end of the parish, and is used as a Roman Catholic chapel. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £336. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is modern, and has a bell turret. There is a national school."

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Bigges Quarter

source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BIGGES QUARTER, or Carlisles Quarter, a township in Long Horsley parish, Northumberland; 6 miles NW by N of Morpeth. Acres: 2,869. Population: 259. Houses: 58."

Most of its area is to the north of Long Horsley, but it has detached parts as well.

Freeholders Quarter

source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"FREEHOLDERS-QUARTER, a township in Long Horsley parish, Northumberland; 6½ miles NN W of Morpeth. Acres: 899. Population: 160. Houses: 28."

Most of its area is to the west of Long Horsley, but it has detached parts as well.

Riddells Quarter

source: Family History Library Catalog

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

" RIDDELLS-QUARTER, a township in Long Horsley parish, Northumberland; 6½ miles N N W of Morpeth. Acres: 2,145. Population: 205. Houses: 45. Coal and lime are worked."

Most of its area is to the south of Long Horsley.

Horsley Moor

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Horsley Moor from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Horsley Moor, tract, [north] Northumberland, common to townships of Bigges Quarter, Freeholders Quarter, Riddells Quarter, and Fenrother, 192 ac. "

Other townships in parish

Research Tips

  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.
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