Place:Edlingham, Northumberland, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.375°N 1.824°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoCoquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Abberwick, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Broome Park, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Learchild, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Lemmington, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Contained Places
Edlingham Castle
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Edlingham, Eglingham and Ellingham were all ancient parishes in northern Northumberland relatively close to the North Sea coast. All three places can all be found on modern maps.

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Edlingham is a small village and civil parish in Northumberland in the north of England. At the 2001 UK census it had a population of 196, reducing slightly to 191 at the 2011 UK census. The road to Alnwick passes close by the village and the town of Rothbury is about 6 miles (10 km) away.

Its recorded history goes back as far as 737 when King Coelwulf gave Edlingham and three other royal Northumbrian villages to Cuthbert.

St. John the Baptist's Church dates largely from the 11th and 12th centuries, with a remarkable fortified tower added c.1300.

Situated close to the church, Edlingham Castle has its origins in a house built by John de Edlingham in the 12th century, which was subsequently strengthened and fortified over the next three centuries. In the 15th century the castle had a moat, gate tower and strong palisade. However, agricultural requirements overtook the need for defence over the following 200 years, and after 1514 the buildings were let to local tenant farmers for housing animals and crops, and fell into disrepair. By 1650 the castle was abandoned and over the next 300 years the theft of stonework left the building in ruins.

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Edlingham was an ancient parish 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 civil parishes of Abberwick, Broome Park, Learchild and Lemmington (all of which had been townships when it was an ancient parish). In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Edlingham became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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

" EDLINGHAM, a township and a parish in Alnwick [registration] district of Northumberland. The township lies near Avdon forest, 6 miles SE of Alnwick town and [railway] station; and has a post office under Alnwick. Acres: 5,636. Population: 133. Houses: 29. The parish contains also the townships of Abberwick, Lemmington, Learchild, Broom-Park, and Bolton. Acres: 12,348. Real property: £7,029. Population: 676. Houses: 129. The property is divided among a few. A castle of the Swinbornes stood here, and some ruins of it still exist. The living is a vicarage, united with the [perpetual] curacy of Bolton, in the diocese of Durham. Value: 483. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is good. "

Townships in parish

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