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Bamburgh, Northumberland

Historical Description

Bambrough or Bamburgh, a village, a township, a parish, and a ward in Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, 2½ miles NE of Lucker railway station, and 4 E by N of Belford station, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Belford. It was a seat of the kings of Northumbria; bore originally the name of Baebbanburg or Bebbanburg, signifying Queen Bebba's town; was afterwards a market-town and a royal burgh, sending two members to Parliament; gave name to an extensive district around it, called Bambroughshire; and had churches of St Oswald and St Aidan, a cell of Augustinian canons, a house of Black-friars, a college, and an hospital. It now possesses none of its ancient characters, but has become a retired, pleasant, favourite summer resort for sea-bathing. The township includes also a place called Fowberry. Acreage, 1205 of land and 263 of foreshore; population, 364; of the ecclesiastical parish, 934. The parish contains likewise the townships of Bamburgh-Castle, Budle, Glororum, Burton, Shorstone or Shoreston, Bradford, Spindlestone, and Outchester. The surface is varied, and is rich in geological, antiquarian, and modern interest. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £229 with residence. Patrons, the trustees of Bishop Lord Crewe. The church is Early English and cruciform, with a western tower, and has ail unusually long chancel, with good modern stall-work, three sedilia, an ambry, and the effigies of a knight. In the churchyard are the graves of the heroine Grace Darling and her father. The ward is about 17 miles long and about 8 miles broad, and consists of two divisions, North and South.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Ecclesiastical parishBambrough St. Aidan 
Poor Law unionBelford 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE69