Place:Longhirst, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.196°N 1.647°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoBothal, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"LONGHIRST, a township in Bothal parish, Northumberland; on the Northeastern railway, 2½ miles NE of Morpeth. It has a station on the railway. Acres: 1,703. Population: 253. Houses: 55. Longhirst Hall and Longhirst Grange are chief residences. There are a national school and a reading-room."

According to the Ordnance Survey map of 1900 (see below), Longhirst township was situated between the most northerly part of Ashington and Hebron and northwest of Bothal Demesne. It became a civil parish in 1866. It had a colliery. A Vision of Britain through Time reports that it absorbed the township/civil parish of Oldmoor (to its east) in 1955. Longhirst and Hirst were on opposite sides of Ashington. The above reference is the only one found.

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