Place:Lowick, Northumberland, England

Alt namesBarmoorsource: village in parish
Holburnsource: village in parish
Laverick Lawsource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates55.633°N 1.967°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHoly Island, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry in early times
Glendale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Glendale Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Bowsden, Northumberland, Englandparish to which a large acreage was transferred in 1955
Norham and Islandshires Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district to which the remainder of Lowick was transferred
Berwick upon Tweed District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"LOWICK, a village and a parish in Glendale [registration] district, Northumberland. The village stands 4 miles WSW of Beal [railway] station, and 7 NW of Belford; is a long and straggling place, of late years greatly improved; and has a post office under Beal, Northumberland. The parish contains also the villages of Barmoor, Bowsden, and Holburn, and the hamlet of Laverick Law. Acres: 12,526. Real property: £13,192; of which £1,090 are in mines, and £1,600 in quarries. Population: 1,946. Houses: 385. The property is divided among a few. Barmoor Castle is a chief residence. Coal-mining, stone-quarrying, lime-burning, and the making of bricks and drainpipes are carried on. Numerous interesting fossils have been found in the limestone; and a collection of them has been deposited in the Woodwardian museum in Cambridge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £300. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was rebuilt towards the end of last century; and has a good E window, and a memorial window to the Gregson family. There are chapels for Presbyterians, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics, a national school, and charities £4."

Lowick was originally a chapelry of the ancient parish of Holy Island, Northumberland. It became a separate ancient parish and then a civil parish in 1866. In 1955 it was reduced in size when over 3500 acres were transferred to Bowsden, a civil parish created from one of the villages in Lowick parish.

Although being in the ancient parish of Holy Islend, Lowick was in Glendale Ward and in the Glendale Rural District. When the greater part of the parish was transferred to Bowsden in 1955, the remainder of Lowick became part of the Norham and Islandshires Rural District and then part of Berwick upon Tweed District from 1974 until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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