Place:Birtley, Northumberland, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates55.097°N 2.036°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoChollerton, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township until 1765
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Bellingham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Carrycoats, Northumberland, Englandadjacent civil parish absorbed in 1958
Tynedale District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Birtley is a village in Northumberland, England southeast of Bellingham. It is about 10 miles (16 km) north of Hexham.

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

"BIRTLEY, or Birkley, a parochial chapelry in Bellingham [registration] district, Northumberland; on the North Tyne river and on the Border Counties railway, near Wark station, 5 miles SE of Bellingham. It was disjoined in 1765 from the parish of Chollerton; it includes the township of Broomhope and Buteland; and its post town is Wark, under Hexham. Acres: 6,720. Rated property: £3,428. Population: 404. Houses: 80. The property is divided among six. Coal and other useful minerals occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £122. Patron: the Duke of Northumberland. The church is not good."

Birtley was a township in the ancient parish of Chollerton and became an ecclesiastical parish in 1765 and a civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Bellingham Rural District. In 1958 it absorbed the neighbouring parish of Carrycoats. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Birtley became part of the Tynedale District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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