Place:Ridley, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.971°N 2.322°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHaltwhistle, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Haltwhistle Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Bardon Mill, Northumberland, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"RIDLEY, a township in Haltwhistle parish, Northumberland; on the river Allen, at its influx to the South Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 5 miles E of Haltwhistle. Acres: 4,388. Population: 232. Houses: 40. The manor belonged to the Ridleys; passed to the Lowes; and, with [Ridley] Hall, belongs now to the Davidsons. The woods connected with the hall are remarkably picturesque; and extend several miles, up both sides of the Allen, toward Staward-Peel.

Ridley was a township in the ancient parish of Haltwhistle and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1955 the parish was part of Haltwhistle Rural District. In 1955 it was abolished and the area absorbed into the newly created parish of Bardon Mill.

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