Place:Rothley, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.187°N 1.94°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHartburn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Rothbury Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Fairnley, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955
Hartington, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955
Hartington Hall, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish absorbed into Rothley in 1955
Alnwick 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 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. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of Rothbury Rural District. In 1955 the neighbouring parishes of Fairnley, Hartington and Hartington Hall were abolished and their area absorbed into Rothley. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Rothley became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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