Place:Lee St. John, Northumberland, England

NameLee St. John
Alt namesSt. John-Leesource: from redirect
Lee-St. Johnsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.982°N 2.085°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1887)
See alsoTynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Acomb, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was merged (probably in 1887).
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"JOHN-LEE (ST.), a parish in Hexham [registration] district, Northumberland; on the river Tyne, the Border Counties railway, and the Roman wall, immediately N of Hexham. It adjoins Hexham bridge, in the neighbourhood of Hexham [railway] station; it contains Acomb township, with a village 1¼ mile NNW of that bridge, and with a post office under Hexham; and it contains also the townships of Portgate, Sandhoe, Anick, Anick-Grange, Fallowfield, Cocklaw, Bingfield, Hallington, and Wall, the last of which has a station on the Border Counties railway. Acres: 15,090. Real property: £19,264; of which £1,099 are in mines. Population in 1851: 2,073; in 1861: 2,254. Houses, 401. The increase of population was chiefly in Acomb township, and arose from the extension of lead mines, and the opening of a new colliery. The property is not much divided. The manor belongs to W. B. Beaumont, Esq. Lee Hall belonged to the Jarins and the Coatesworths, and passed to the Charltons. Hermitage is the seat of Mrs. Allgood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value: £280. Patron: W. B. Beaumont, Esq. The church is in Acomb township stands on the wooded brow of an extensive tableau, overlooking the Tyne valley; has a fine spire, figuring conspicuously in the beautiful landscape around Hexham; is ancient, and very good; and occupies the site of an oratory of St. John of Beverley, which used to be visited annually by the monks of Hexham in solemn procession. There are chapels of ease at Wall and Bingfield, a Wesleyan chapel at Acomb, and an endowed school with £12 a year.

Lee St. John became an ancient parish after 1572 and a civil parish in 1866. Wikipedia does not have an article on Lee St. John, but mentions the church of St. John Lee in its article on Acomb. It is presumed that the parish of Lee St. John was absorbed into the parish of Acomb either in 1887 or 1955. Because A Vision of Britain through Time omits a rural district for Lee St. John, the transfer probably occurred in 1887 (before rural and civil parishes existed). Transfers to reduce the number of civil parishes were common in both 1887 and 1955.) Both Wikipedia and A Vision of Britain through Time omit details.

The co-ordinates are taken from the description in A Vision of Britain through Time. There is a settlement named Bridge End to the north of the river on the edge of Hexham.

Townships in the Parish

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