Place:Monks House, Northumberland, England

NameMonks House
Alt namesMonkhousesource: spelling variation
TypeExtra parochial area, Civil parish
Coordinates55.595°N 1.678°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     (1844 - )
Also located inDurham, England     ( - 1844)
See alsoBamburgh Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Belford Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
North Sunderland, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"MONKHOUSE, an extra-parochial tract in Belford [registration] district, Northumberland. Population: 6. House: 1."

John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887 stated that its area was only 1 acre.

Belford Registration District covered a very wide area. GENUKI's list of registration districts states that it was a detached portion of County Durham transferred to Northumberland in 1844.

Monks House was an extra parochial area on the North Sea coast of Northumberland between the parishes of Bamburgh and Shoreston. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1955 it was part of Belford Rural District. In 1955 the civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed into the parish of North Sunderland.

Monks House appears to have been the correct name for this settlement, but Monkhouse has been used by some authorities. Monks House was even found on Google Earth.

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