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Belford, Northumberland

Historical Description

Belford, a township, a parish, a union town, and head of a county court district in Northumberland. The town stands on a gentle eminence, about a mile W of a station of its own name on the N.E.R., 14½ miles SSE of Berwick. It is neatly built; contains a church, two dissenting chapels, and a workhouse; has a post, money order, and telegraph office, a market-place, and two chief inns; and is a seat of petty sessions. The church is in the Early English style, and has a lofty tower. Fairs are held on 2 July for lambs and 25 Sept. for ewes. The township includes the town, and comprises 2861 acres; population, 854. The parish includes also the townships of Ross, Elwick, Easington, Easington-Grange, Middleton, and Detchant. Population, 1390. Belford Hall is the seat of the Atkinson-Clark family, who are lords of the manor and chief landowners. Traces of an ancient chapel are on a rising-ground near the town, and remains of a very strong Danish camp, encompassed by a deep ditch, are not far distant. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; value, £111.

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 parishBelford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBelford 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE70
Post TownBelford