Place:Newton on the Moor, Northumberland, England

NameNewton on the Moor
Alt namesNewton on the Moorssource: spelling variation
Newton on the Moor and Swarlandsource: name of parish since 1974
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.343°N 1.741°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoShilbottle, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Coquetdale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Greens and Glantlees, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Hazon and Hartlaw, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Swarland, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Whittle (near Alnwick), Northumberland, Englandcivil parish which it absorbed in 1955
Alnwick District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"NEWTON-ON-THE-MOOR, a township, with a village, in Shilbottle parish, Northumberland; 5½ miles S of Alnwick. It has a post-office under Acklington, a New Connexion Methodist chapel, and a slightly endowed school. Acres: 911. Population: 291. Houses: 66. Newton Hall is a chief residence. Limestone a bounds, and is quarried. Coal also is worked; and bricks and tiles are made. There is a large ancient camp."
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Newton on the Moor is a village in Northumberland, England. It is located 5 miles (8 km) south of Alnwick, on the old route of the A1 road although the village has now been bypassed just to the east. The village is now in the civil parish of Newton on the Moor and Swarland, which also includes the village of Swarland, southwest of Newton on the Moor. The population of the parish was 822 in the 2001 UK census, increasing to 905 at the 2011 UK census.

A settlement existed at Newton on the Moor in the late 13th century.

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Newton on the Moor was originally a township in the ancient parish of Shilbottle, Northumberland. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1955 it was part of Alnwick Rural District. In 1955 it absorbed the following parishes when they were abolished: Greens and Glantlees, Hazon and Hartlaw, Swarland and Whittle (near Alnwick). In 1974 rural districts were abolished and "Newton on the Moor and Swarland" became part of the Alnwick District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

The renaming to Newton on the Moor and Swarland probably took place after 1974. Swarland was a very large parish by acreage.

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