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Brinkburn, Northumberland

Historical Description

Brinkburn, an ecclesiastical parish with Long Framlington comprising the townships of High, Low, and South Brinkburn, in Northumberland., on the river Coquet, 4½ miles SE by E of Rothbury, with a station on the North Britain railway. Post town, Morpeth. Acreage of Brinkburn High Ward, 2863; population, 120; acreage of Brinkburn Low Ward, 592; population, 40; of the ecclesiastical parish, 610. The manor belonged to a priory of Black Augustinian Canons, founded here in the time of Henry I. by W. Bertram, Lord of Mitford; was given at the dissolution of monasteries to the Earl of Warwick, and passed to the Cadogans, who are the present lords of the manor. Ruins of the priory, including most of the walls of the church, still exist. Brinkburn Priory, built on the site of the old priory, is occupied by the Fenwicks. The church, restored in 1858, is Transitional-Norman, cruciform, with low square tower, narrow, plain, and gloomy, an interesting relic of the age in which it was built. A branch of Watling Street intersected the chapelry, and traces of a Roman station and bridge can still be seen. Some persons suppose Brinkburn to be Brunanburgh, where Athelstane in 938 defeated the Danes.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Brinkburn High Ward
Brinkburn Low Ward
Brinkburn South Side