Place:Ford, Northumberland, England

Alt namesCrookhamsource: village in parish
Etalsource: village in parish
Ford-Forgesource: village in parish
Ford Forgesource: alternate spelling
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.632°N 2.08°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoGlendale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Glendale Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Berwick upon Tweed District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ford is a small village in a very large civil parish now named Ford with Etal in Northumberland, England, about 13 miles (21 km) from Berwick upon Tweed. The parish had a population of 493 in the UK census of 2011.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Ford, Northumberland.

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

"FORD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Glendale [registration] district, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Till, 6¼ miles ESE of Cornhill [railway] station, and 7½ NNW of Wooler; was once a market-town; consists of neat modern cottages, in one irregular street; commands a fine view along the valley of the Till; and has a post office under Coldstream.
"The parish contains also the villages of Etal and Ford-Forge. Acres: 11,464. Real property: £18,270; of which £500 are in mines. Population in 1851: 2,322; in 1861: 2,072. Houses: 407. The decrease of population was occasioned by the closing of a colliery, and the reducing of an extensive spade and shovel factory. The property is divided among a few. :"The manor belonged anciently to the Fords; passed to the Herons, the Blakes, and the Delavals; and belongs now to the Marquis of Waterford. Ford Castle stands on the west side of the village; was built in 1287, by Sir William Heron, rebuilt in 1764, by Lord Delaval, and restored in 1863, by the Marchioness of Waterford; retains two towers of the original edifice; was a place of strength and a scene of conflict, in the Border warfare; and was taken by James IV. of Scotland before the battle of Flodden. Coal, slate, limestone, and freestone are found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value: £1,380. Patron: the Marquis of Waterford. The church is ancient; was restored in 1852; and contains the tomb of Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, who died in 1854. The [perpetual] curacy of Etal is a separate charge. There are three dissenting chapels, and a national school.
"The [registration] sub-district contains also three other parishes and part of a fourth. Acres: 59,774. Population: 6,833. Houses: 1,321.

Ford was an ancient parish in the Glendale Ward and became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 until 1974 the parish was part of Glendale Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Ford became part of the Berwick upon Tweed District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.


According to A Vision of Britain through Time, Ford had no townships and was not absorbed by any other civil parishes. There is a gazetteer entry for Etal, but it was not classed as a township. Ford-Forge (Ford Forge) is only alluded to in the gazetteer entry above.


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Crookham is a village on the River Till in Northumberland, in England. It is situated approximately to the east of Coldstream and northwest of Wooler. It has three farms, Crookham Sandyford, Crookham Eastfield and Crookham Westfield. Recorded as "Crucum" in 1244, the village name derived from the Old English for "Settlement at the Bend" (of the River Till).

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

"CROOKHAM, a township in Ford parish, Northumberland; on the river Till, 8½ miles NNW of Wooler."

There are no references to any "lower level units" in the page on Ford in A Vision of Britain through Time. Since none of them appear to have ever achieved civil parish status, Crookham, Etal and Ford-Forge have been redirected here. An inspection of the map of 1900] is recommended.

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