Place:Alnmouth, Northumberland, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates55.383°N 1.6°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoLesbury, Northumberland, Englandancient parish of which it a chapelry
Bamburgh Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
High Buston, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Alnmouth is a village in Northumberland, England. It is situated just off the main A1068 road (to Ashington), situated 4 miles (6 km) east-southeast of Alnwick. The population of the civil parish at the 2001 UK census was 562, reducing to 445 at the 2011 UK census.

Located at the mouth of the River Aln, the village had a port supporting a small fishing industry and engaging in national and international trade. It was for a time a leading north-east centre for the export of grain and other foodstuffs, especially to London; and specialised in the import of timber and slate. These activities to some extent shaped the village, as granaries were constructed to store grain, and sawmills and a boatyard established to process wood and build ships.

Port activities declined at the end of the 19th century, in part because of the deterioration of the port due to the shifting and silting of the river estuary, in part as trade transferred to the railways. A notable change in the course of the river during a violent storm in 1806 resulted in the loss of the remains of the village's original church and disruption to the functioning of the port and industries.

With the coming of the railways, Alnmouth transformed into a coastal resort complete with one of the earliest English golf courses.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Alnmouth.

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

"ALNMOUTH, or Alemouth, a seaport village, and a township-chapelry in Lesbury parish, Northumberland. The village stands on a small bay at the mouth of the river Alne, 2 miles E of Bilton [railway] station, and 5 ESE of Alnwick; has a post office under Alnwick; and is a sub-port to Berwick. Its harbour admits vessels of from 50 to 150 tons; and is used chiefly for coasting trade. A chapel anciently stood adjacent on an eminence at the shore; and a burying-ground connected with it was in use till about the year 1815, but has been washed away by the sea. Horses' bones were once found here, and gave rise to a foolish belief that the neighbouring country was formerly peopled by giants.
"The chapelry includes the village, and was recently reconstituted. Acres: 579. Population: 452. Houses: 100. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value: £100. Patron: the Duke of Northumberland. The church was built in 1860; and there is a Wesleyan chapel."

Alnmouth was a chapelry in the ancient parish of Lesbury in the Coquetdale Ward which also became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 it was part of Alnwick Rural District. In 1955 it absorbed the neighbouring parish of High Buston. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Alnmouth became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Research Tips

  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.

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