Place:High and Low Highlaws, Northumberland, England

NameHigh and Low Highlaws
Alt namesHeighleysource: Family History Library Catalog
Espleysource: hamlet in parish
Heighlaw Gatesource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.199°N 1.659°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1955)
See alsoMitford, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Morpeth Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Hebron, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish to which it was transferred in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: High and Low Highlaws should not be confused with the township and parish of Highlaws which is located further west southwest beyond Hartburn.

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

"HEIGHLEY, or High and Low Highlaws, a township in Mitford parish, Northumberland; 3 miles NW of Morpeth. It includes the villages of Heighlaw-Gate and Espley. Acres: 1,357. Population: 82. Houses: 19."

High and Low Highlaws (now Heighley) was originally a township in the ancient parish of Mitford, Northumberland. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Morpeth Rural District. In 1955 it was abolished and absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Hebron.

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