Place:Morpeth Castle, Northumberland, England

NameMorpeth Castle
Alt namesMorpeth-Castlesource: alternate name
Catchburnsource: hamlet in parish
Parkhousessource: hamlet in parish
Stobhillsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.16°N 1.674°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoMorpeth, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Morpeth Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Morpeth, Northumberland, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was partly absorbed in 1935
Hepscott, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was partly absorbed in 1935
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"MORPETH-CASTLE, a township in Morpeth parish, Northumberland; within Morpeth [parliamentary] borough. It contains the site of Morpeth castle and the hamlets of Catchburn, Parkhouses, and Stobhill. Acres: 1,491. Population: 180. Houses: 37."

Morpeth Castle was a township of some 1400 acres in the ancient parish of Morpeth stretching southeast from the centre of the borough. It became a separate civil parish in 1866 and from 1894 it was part of Morpeth Rural District. In 1935 Morpeth Castle civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed split between Morpeth (which was a municipal borough) and the parish of Hepscott located to the west. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

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