Place:Widdrington, Northumberland, England

Alt namesWiddrington Stationsource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-191
Dunridgesource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates55.25°N 1.583°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoWoodhorn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morpeth Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Morpeth Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Castle Morpeth District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"WIDDRINGTON, a parish in Morpeth district, Northumberland; adjacent to the Northeastern railway, 7½ miles NE by N of Morpeth. It contains [Widdrington] village and Dunridge and Linton hamlets; has a post-office under Morpeth and a [railway] station; and gave the title of Baron, in the time of Charles I., to the Widdringtons. Acres: 4,530. Real property: £4,142; of which £74 are in mines. Population: 502. Houses: 95. The manor belonged, from the time of Henry III. till 1715, to the Widdringtons; and, with [Widdrington] Castle, belongs now to Lord Vernon. The castle was burnt down in 1780, and afterwards rebuilt. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £70. Patron: Lord Vernon. There are a United Presbyterian chapel and a reading room."

Widdrington was a township in the ancient parish of Woodhorn. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of Morpeth Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Widdrington became part of the Castle Morpeth District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

The hamlet of Linton was transferred to Ellington parish in 1888.

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