Place:Simonburn, Northumberland, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.056°N 2.197°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoTynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Hexham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Tynedale District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

Simonburn was an ancient parish to the northwest of the town of Hexham in the Tynedale Ward of Northumberland. It became a civil parish in the 19th century. From 1894 it was part of Hexham Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Simonburn became part of the Tynedale District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Wikipedia describes its relationship to Hadrian's Wall.

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

"SIMONBURN, a township and a parish in Hexham [registration] district, Northumberland. The township lies 3½ miles S of Wark [railway] station, and 8 NNW of Hexham; and contains a village of its own name. Population: 494. Houses: 99. The parish includes Haughton and Humshaugh townships, and comprises 13,372 acres. Post town: Hexham. Real property: £8,958. Population: 1,042. Houses: 205. The manor belongs to the Duke of Northumberland. Haughton Cast1e is the seat of G. Crawshay, Esq.; Nunwick Hall, of J. H. Allgood, Esq.; Park End, of J. Ridley, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value: £426. Patron: Greenwich Hospital. The church's chancel was rebuilt in 1862. The [perpetual] curacy of Humshaugh is a separate benefice."

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