Place:Lesbury, Northumberland, England

Alt namesBiltonsource: village in parish
Hawkhillsource: small hamlet in parish
Wordensource: small hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.399°N 1.628°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoBamburgh Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
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

Lesbury is a small rural village in Northumberland in the north of England. It is built on the main coastal road 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Alnwick, on the north bank of the River Aln. Alnmouth railway station is about half a mile away. The population was 1,007 in the UK census of 2011.

In the 18th century, a schoolroom and master's house were built, paid for by Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland. By 1897, the village had a large corn mill, as well as a reading room with 500 volumes in the library.

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

"LESBURY, a village, a township, and a parish in Alnwick [registration] district, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Alne, ½ a mile N of Bilton [railway] station, and 3½ E by S of Alnwick; and has a neat stone bridge over the Alne. The township contains also the hamlets of Bilton, Hawkhill, and Worden; the first of which has a head post office, designated Bilton, Northumberland. Acres: 2,045; of which 392 are water. Population: 750. Houses: 153.
"The parish includes also the township of Alnmouth, which has a post office under Bilton. Acres of the parish: 2,624. Real property: £7,271; of which £18 are in fisheries. Population: 1,202. Houses: 253. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Duke of Northumberland. There are a large corn-mill, a large timber-yard, and a slates-depot, from which considerable quantities of slates are shipped. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £269. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, was restored in 1846, and has a tower. There are an Established place of worship at Alnmouth, a Wesleyan chapel, and an endowed school."

Lesbury was an ancient parish in the Bamburgh Ward which also became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 it was part of Alnwick Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Lesbury became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Settlements in parish

Bilton was the railway station and thus the location of the post office.

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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