Place:Witton Shields, Northumberland, England

NameWitton Shields
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.201°N 1.818°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1955)
See alsoLong Horsley, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Netherwitton, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"WITTON-SHIELDS, a township in Long Horsley parish, Northumberland; 7 miles NW by W of Morpeth. Acres: 574. Population: 19. Houses: 5."

Witton Shields was a township in the ancient parish of Long Horsley and became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1955 the civil parish was abolished. It is assumed it was absorbed into the civil parish of Netherwitton. Witton Shields is a very narrow township between Stanton and Netherwitton and Stanton was absorbed by Netherwitton at that time.

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