|Type||Township, Civil parish|
|Located in||Northumberland, England|
|See also||Hartburn, Northumberland, England||ancient parish in which it was a township|
|Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Fairnley, Northumberland, England||civil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955|
|Hartington, Northumberland, England||civil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955|
|Hartington Hall, Northumberland, England||civil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Rothley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "ROTHLEY, a township in Hartburn parish, Northumberland; on the river Font, 11 miles W N W of Morpeth. Acres: 2,720. Population: 174. Houses: 30. [Rothley] Crags are a fine range of millstone grit rocks; and are surmounted, at an elevation of 843 feet above sea-level, with a picturesque tower built, in the last century, by Sir W. Blackett. A hill to the N also is surmounted by an imitation ruin of a fort, and overhangs a lake. A quondam ancient tower at [Rothley] belonged to the abbot of Newminster."
Rothley was originally a township in the ancient parish of Hartburn, Northumberland. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, and remains a civil parish. In 1955 the neighbouring parishes of Fairnley, Hartington and Hartington Hall were abolished and their area absorbed into Rothley.
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